Thursday, January 20, 2011

Do You Have a Favorite Health/Medical App?

I don't have a Droid so most of my info will be about iPhone/iPad apps.  Please feel free to add any apps you might like and tell us a bit about them.  Thanks!

 

Part one was a blog post here.  That page includes comments and suggestions from readers.

National Library of Medicine Launches Mobile MedlinePlus to Meet the Health Information Needs of an On-the-Go Public

Wondering what the side effects are for your new prescription? Go to Mobile MedlinePlus (http://m.medlineplus.gov) while you're waiting for the pharmacist to fill your order!

Or, instantly look up the symptoms of H1N1 flu if you're at the supermarket and your child's school calls you to tell you he doesn't feel well.

The National Library of Medicine's Mobile Medline Plus builds on the NLM's MedlinePlus Internet service, which provides authoritative consumer health information to over 10 million visitors per month. These visitors access MedlinePlus (http://medlineplus.gov) from throughout the United States as well many other countries, and use desktop computers, laptops and even mobile devices to get there.

The mobile Internet audience is large and growing fast, almost doubling from February 2007 to February 2009. Some experts predict that within the next five years, more people will connect to the Internet via mobile devices than via desktop or laptop computers. People use their mobile devices to accomplish a variety of tasks, including finding health information. With this in mind, NLM developed the mobile version of MedlinePlus to bring high-quality health information to users on the go.

"We know that a huge number of people are seeking good health information on the Web, noted NLM Director Dr. Donald A.B. Lindberg. What better way to reach out to them than by offering this new mobile service, which delivers trustworthy, consumer-friendly information instantly, anywhere?"

Mobile MedlinePlus is available in English and Spanish (http://m.medlineplus.gov/spanish) and includes a subset of content from the full Web site. It includes summaries for over 800 diseases, wellness topics, the latest health news, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, and information on prescription and over-the-counter medications.

For instance, you could visit the "Talking With Your Doctor" page on Mobile MedlinePlus to learn how to get the most out of your doctor’s visit.

Mobile MedlinePlus can also help you when you're trying to choose an over-the-counter cold medicine at the drug store.

And if you're traveling abroad, you can use Mobile MedlinePlus to learn about safe drinking water.

Mobile MedlinePlus puts reliable health information at your fingertips.

*High resolution screen shot of Mobile MedlinePlus available upon request.

The National Library of Medicine is part of the National Institutes of Health, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is the nation's largest medical library.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) — The Nation's Medical Research Agency — includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting basic, clinical and translational medical research, and it investigates the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit www.nih.gov.

From http://www.nih.gov/news/health/jan2010/nlm-22.htm?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

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smilez133 posted this on the message boards here

Massachusetts General Hospital Launches iPhone App to Locate Emergency Rooms

FindER Connects Users to the Most Complete Database of ERs in the U.S.

BOSTON—Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital’s (MGH) Emergency Medicine Network (EMNet) announced today the launch of EMNet findER™, a free iPhone application designed to help users locate the closest emergency room to their current location, as well as provide directions and additional information with a touch of the screen. FindER uses the iPhone’s global positioning system to quickly direct patients to emergency rooms anywhere within the United States.

“FindER is designed to provide key information to people experiencing health emergencies,” says Carlos A. Camargo MD, of MGH’s Department of Emergency Medicine and EMNet director. “FindER uses information from EMNet’s own database of emergency departments, which is the most complete and accurate in the nation.”

Along with directions and general information, findER is designed for quick phone calls to both the care-center itself and in cases where necessary, 911 emergency services.

“EMNet researchers maintain a database of nearly 5,000 emergency rooms in the United States. Unlike a simple Google search where the results may include many emergency centers that have closed or moved, or even veterinary hospitals, findER’s results are based on an aggregation of emergency room listings from multiple sources that have been confirmed by researchers at EMNet,” says Camargo. “FindER is designed to help patients get to emergency rooms in the shortest amount of time.”

FindER is ideal for travelers, especially those suffering chronic medical conditions, or those traveling with friends or relatives with health problems. FindERis available now as a free download in the iTunes app store. Simply click this link or search "EMNet findER," to download. For a short demonstration video, users can visit YouTube.

From http://www.massgeneral.org/about/pressrelease.aspx?id=1248

MaryONote: Just as info - the iTunes store said that there was nothing called FindER when I did a search. I found it only by typing EMNet findER. I have the app - looks great - and I hope I never need it again!

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I just found a new iPhone app today which looks pretty good. You can add family members and send the info to another phone so everyone has the info they need. It's only $.99 in the iTunes store:

It's called Capzule PHR and the website is http://capzule.com/phr/ with help files at http://capzule.com/phr/phrhowto.html

There's a free version to try called Capzule PHR Free

Features

* Push Notification to alert appointments
* Data Visualization via Interactive Timeline
* Edit records and upload files from Desktop/Laptop
* Record conditions and allergies
* Store doctor appointments
* Enter medications
* Email summary and graphs
* Print or download summary from Desktop/Laptop
* Maintain immunization records
* Enter vitals in Metric or Standard units
* Analyze line graphs of vitals and lab results
* Keep family, social, and medical history together
* Create custom health screening templates
* Enter notes, upload results and files
* Manage physician and insurance information
* Reset password when password is lost
* Categorize Notes and Attachments
* Email flowsheet data in CSV format along with graphs
* Email Summary with graphs embedded
* Backup and Restore from Desktop/Laptop
* Export CSV data from Desktop/Laptop
* Email documents
* Add files from other Apps (iOS 3.2+)
* Summary Reporting Filter