Australian doctor releases iDoctor app for iPhones, iPads and iPods

iDoctor App

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.

Posted in Australian eHealth

Comments   

# Ludwig Plaumann 2013-09-25 18:52
After downloading IOS 7 I doctor can not be opened .I tried to download the new version of I doctor but could not open it as well.
Can you help me?
# Simon James 2013-09-25 19:15
You'd have to discuss this with the developer or perhaps try and restore the app and its data (via an iTunes backup) onto a spare iOS device running an older version of iOS.
# venita broderick 2013-11-05 08:32
I have contacted Bonobo labs but have not had a reply. I've lost so much data. The app needs to updated ASAP! Concerningly, the app no longer appears on i tunes!
# Drsm 2013-11-26 23:46
I am also having the problem of it not working. I've been using it for the last few months without a problem, but now after I put the password in it just closes itself. The idoctor website that previously correlated is now not for iDoctor. I have also lost a lot of information.
# john 2013-11-28 15:46
hey guys,
could you please update this app...its very useful and have not been able to use it since i updated to ios7.
# Reinold 2015-01-05 05:29
This is ridiculous! I paid 12 euro for this app, kept all my surgical log data for 6 months on it, and now it will not open. I don't have that information anywhere else. Is there going to be a fix to this problem or are we going to get a full refund?
I have contacted bonobo labs, but it seems they will require a lawyer's letter before I can get a response.
# ahmed najjar 2015-02-24 09:18
hello i have the same and real problem.
lets sue the company

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