Monday, June 23, 2008

The New 3G iPhone, the App Store, and Doctors

Posted on Tech Medicine:

What follows is a brief list of potential applications on the iPhone for doctors. Some have already been announced for the iPhone, are available on other platforms, or are currently in development. Let's see how many of these applications are eventually released and sold in the App store. My guess? All of them.
  • Drug database
  • Anatomical atlas
  • Medical calculator
  • Interface for electronic health record
  • Viewer of radiologic images
  • Interface for laboratory results
  • An expert system to help with differential diagnoses
  • Messaging system for laboratory alerts and hospital pages
  • Interface for medical devices (like ultrasounds and EKG machines)
  • Dictation recorder
  • Device for electronic prescribing
  • Device for directly receiving and reading medical journals and podcasts
  • Medical book reader
  • Reminder system for patient visits and meetings synced remotely with the office through Mobile Me
  • Display for patient education videos
  • Medical simulator (ACLS, for example)
  • Telemedicine device (pending the eventual release of iChat and a videoconferencing system)
  • Interface for medical literature searches (Pubmed, Google Scholar)
  • Word processing device for papers (I'm still waiting for a bluetooth keyboard)
  • Communication device for hospital teams (Using Twitter or another system)
  • Secure system for messaging/emailing patients
  • CME course viewer (with text and/or video)
What other application ideas can you come up with?

Related Posts: Previous Tech Medicine Articles on the iPhone

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1 comment:

Brent Thompson, DNSc, RN said...

I plan to keep track of medical iPhone and iPod Touch applications on my HealthCare iPod at We're not going to hear much until the App Store goes live.