Medical Observer releases Mobile Dr iPhone app

Medical Observer, one of Australia’s two weekly general practitioner newspapers, has released an iPhone application (app) for health professionals.

The Mobile Dr app, which is compatible with Apple products running iOS, brings together a broad selection of over 90 clinical calculators and scoring tools, promising users to "help you spend less time crunching numbers and more time caring for patients".

The clinical calculators and scoring tools included in the app can be accessed in a variety of ways, including via a list of categories or through a search function. Recently accessed utilities are automatically bookmarked and users can also flag commonly accessed calculators and scoring tools as favourites for rapid recall.

Contextual help is provided for most calculators, with some of these help files featuring references to peer reviewed material that discusses the applicability of, or methodology behind, the scoring system or clinical calculator.

The app is free to download, but ongoing, unrestricted use beyond a seven day trial period requires that the user be a healthcare professional and registered with the Medical Observer website, a process that is also free. A limited number of healthcare consumer-centric calculators remain active after the trial period concludes.

While he would not be drawn on the app’s download statistics, Digital Editor of Medical Observer, Simon Wooldridge says that the organisation is happy with the uptake of the program, noting a substantial number of medical students are downloading the application.

At the time of writing, Medical Observer has not committed to developing the Mobile Dr app for other mobile operating systems, such as Android.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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