I subscribe to quite a few medical device-related blogs and newsletters. I’m amazed at how many articles and posts there are pertaining to medical related applications for smartphones. I decided to do a search on my Droid for “medical” apps and was amazed to see the quantity, with prices ranging from free to $59.95. I decided to downloaded a few to check out:
- NICU Quick Drip Calculator – Appears to be an app providing drug dosages for neonates. One of the comments on the app page is concerning: “Incorrect dosage forms…dopamine, dobutamine and alprostadil are measured in mcg/kg/min, not mcg/kg/hour.”
- Diagnosis & Therapy – Looks like a handy application for the common person to learn more about diseases, treatments, and other medical terminology. For example, I can learn more about antibiotics.
- IV Infusion Rate Calculator – Claims this app helps the user calculate the right IV infusion rate. App has a disclaimer stating the authors make no claims of accuracy.
- Skull – IMAGE Flashcards – Labels bones of the skull. Appears to be useful for medical students.
- Medicinal Herbs – Provides a list of medicinal plants, herbal remedies, and natural supplements used to treat common ailments. I learned that cat’s claw has been used for centuries in South America to prevent and treat disease.
- Merriam-Webster Medical - A dictionary of medical terms.
I both concerned and amazed at the variety and complexity of medical-related applications available for smart phones. Many articles I’ve read have discussed the growing use of smart phones, iPads, and other computer technology within the medical profession. While I have no idea about the prevalence and use of these apps, I’m surprised FDA has been so silent on this.