Australian doctor releases iDoctor app for iPhones, iPads and iPods
In collaboration with developer Bonobo, Dr Rhys Clark from Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth has released “iDoctor”, a software application (app) for Apple iPhone and iPod Touch devices, and also the iPad.
Primarily targeted at junior doctors working in hospital settings, iDoctor offers a suite of five different logging systems that allow clinicians to keep track of their procedures, hours worked, patients seen, education attended and consults given.
The need for such a solution became apparent to Dr Clark after witnessing his colleagues’ attempts to use paper systems and various generic spreadsheet-driven solutions.
“I was struggling to keep track of my surgical logbook and also saw other doctors battling to run clunky spreadsheets on their iPhones. I found I had lots of different pieces of paper and patient stickers in my pockets and was always missing out on cases that needed to be included,” said Dr Clark.
iDoctor takes advantage of several of the interface options available to iPhone app developers, including customisable ticker wheels that allow users to enter their own procedures or operations specific to their speciality, and quickly select these from a graphical pick list when required. Common procedures and supervising doctors are also stored and pre-populate the relevant fields, streamlining data entry.
The app allows users to easily export their logbooks via email in a spreadsheet format, which can then be edited, printed or forwarded on via email to another interested party, such as the hospital‘s administration.
The app can be password-protected to ensure patient and doctor confidentiality is maintained, and all data stored within the application is automatically backed up to the doctor’s computer each time the phone is synchronised with iTunes.
According to the developers, junior doctors who are not required to keep a logbook can use iDoctor to keep track of operations performed or assisted with in preparation for college interviews.
iDoctor is currently retailing for $12.99 from the iTunes Store, with a portion of each sale donated to Australian Doctors for Africa, a charity providing volunteer doctors and nurses to areas of need in Africa.
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