Apps for healthcare professionals

This article first appeared in the May 2013 edition of Pulse+IT Magazine.

The world of healthcare apps is opening up amazing opportunities for teaching, learning and improving patient care. As mobile technology becomes integrated into our day-to-day practice, new ideas for how to use mobile apps are emerging. Here are some of the best apps on the market.

It’s not just a case of using your mobile to Google an eponymous syndrome that you’ve never come across before; apps are finding creative and innovative ways to make healthcare more effective and more efficient. In this article, I’ll look at some of the areas where apps can offer us the best use of mobile technology in patient care.

Apps that store patient data on your phone

It’s just too tempting to have mobile phones in clinical practice and not be able to use them to store patient info – most crucially taking photos of patients and being able to share them with colleagues for management plans or tracking progress of lesions. While this throws up all sorts of problems with patient security, the reality is that it happens. Many institutions turn a blind eye (although this will change) and clinicians keep patient photos on their phone. But some apps are starting to emerge that solve this problem.

PicSafe Medi (pictured on page 38) on iPhone and Android stores patient consent, data and photos securely on a cloud-based server and allows you to share the images with colleagues. This is a beautifully designed app, but at the moment it prices individual users out of the market. (Since this article was written, the developers have lowered the price of the app to $4.99 per month, and are offering it free to healthcare professionals in training.)

WoundSmart is another aesthetically lovely app that you can use to track healing of wounds or ulcers on your patient and know that it’s stored securely. At $20.99, it’s not cheap either, but both of these are the beginning of what will surely be an emerging trend of apps that offer high security of patient information.

To read the full story, click here for the May 2013 issue of Pulse+IT Magazine.

Author Details

Dr Tessa Davis BSc(Hons), MBChB, MA, MRCPCH This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tessa Davis is a paediatric emergency trainee at Sydney Children's Hospital. She has an interest in health innovation, patient safety and IT.

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