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This is the second instalment of top medical apps for the iPhone. For part one click here.

Editor's Note: This is a part of the Top iPhone Applications for 2010 series. For applications in different categories please observe the links at the bottom of the page. 

Mini atlas ($7.99)
Mini Atlas Anatomy is a good all-rounder, allowing people to understand the basics of human anatomy and physiology. It's simplicity and range of information allows nearly anyone to work out how the human body functions. For this reason Mini Atlas is more suited as a patient communication tool rather than a reference tool. To further support Mini Atlas's use as a patient communication tool, the developers allow you to email segments of the app to anyone. The images provided within the app are stunning, very clear and generally well labelled. To navigate the array of information offered by the app, individual chapters, an images section and a search function is provided. Overall, at its' heart Mini Atlas is designed as a doctor-patient communication tool, which it does quite well. However, there is potential to expand this app to improve usability for clinicians.

Improvements: Navigation can be a bit cumbersome at times. If they wish to make this tool more useful to clinician's and medical students as a reference tool, the developers need to make the information more comprehensive.

Similar Apps: Blausen Human Atlas ($23.99; Lite Version: Free)
Another useful doctor-patient tool is Blausen Human Atlas. The atlas provides a 360 degree rotatable Human Body, engaging 3D animations, beautiful still images all with a cross searchable medical term glossary.

MBS Search (Free)
This app allows Australian clinicians to find details on the Australian medicare benefits scheme and insurance company gap cover rates. It's feature rich, has options for tailoring it to your speciality, and most importantly it gets the job done without a fuss.

ICD-9 ($4.99)
The ICD provides codes to classify diseases and a wide variety of signs, symptoms, abnormal findings, complaints, social circumstances, and external causes of injury or disease. ICD-9 is currently the highest rated ICD app in the app store and is feature packed. The app is easy to navigate and contains up-to-date information. Use the index and search feature to find the information, and the bookmark feature to save it for later. This app is useful for clinicians that utilise the ICD coding system.

Similar App: STAT ICD-9 Coder ($36.99)

Pocket Lab Values ($2.49)
Pocket Lab Values provides quick access to common lab values, information about a particular lab value, as well as links to sites such as Wikipedia, Google, and MedlinePlus. There are over 200 values included and support for retina display. The interface and navigation is well thought out, providing some colour whilst not inhibiting the functionality of the app.

Similar App: Normal Lab Values ($2.49)

Micromedex Drug Information (Free)
Micromedex Drug Information by Thomson Reuters contains drug information on over 4,500 search terms. This includes generic names, common trade names, adult and paediatric dosages, precautions and much more. No internet connection is required, so you can access drug information from anywhere. Micromedex Drug Information is a comprehensive resource and best of all it is free.

Similar App: Epocrates (Free) - Mobile Drug Reference Resource

Specialised Apps
  • 3D Brain (Free) & Brain Tutor (Free) - Tools used primarily to observe brain anatomy.
  • Neuro Toolkit ($3.99) & Neuromind (Free) - Both apps contain a collection of calculations and information pertaining to the field of neurology and neurosurgery.
  • ECG Guide & Instant ECG (Both $1.19)
    In the ECG arena these two apps standout as the main contenders. Both provide high quality images, comprehensive material and samples to test your knowledge. So take a closer look at both before you decide which to buy.
  • ACC Pocket Guidelines (Free) - Cardiology
  • Gas Guide: Anesthesia Quick Reference (Free) - Provides basic anaesthesia information (e.g. common medications) ideal for medical students to residents.
  • Pedi Safe – ICU, OR, ED Medications ($1.19) - Paediatrics
  • Doximity (Free) - Physician Social Network
  • Pubmed on Tap ($3.99) - Use Pubmed on Tap to browse Pubmed for the latest in evidence based medicine and research literature. A lite version for free is also available.
  • Emergency Medicine Ultrasound ($3.99) - Emergency Medicine Radiology
  • Pocket Rads ($1.19) - General Radiology App
  • Eye Handbook (Free) - A Comprehensive Handbook made in collaboration with the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Includes a selection of videos, pictures and text, which are great for patient education.

Do you have any medical apps that you can't live without that I've forgotten to mention? Feel free to share in the comments below.

To keep up to date with the range of Medical apps available and the uses of smartphones in medicine checkout the "There's an App for That" series.

Next up: Health, Lifestyle and Travel Apps. 

Top iPhone Application Series 2010
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