Rural Emergency Medicine

There's an App for that is a short segment where I provide a brief overview of an App and it's uses in medicine.

MediBabble - A pocket medical translator (Free)
A relatively new offering on the iTunes store, MediBabble attempts to provide a professional-grade medical translation tool. The app has an expansive and comprehensive database of common questions typically asked when undertaking a history. These questions can be played back as an audio recording to facilitate dialogue between a doctor and a non-English speaking patient. Once downloaded all this material can be accessed from wherever you are.

Currently five languages are available (Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Russian and Haitian Creole), with plans to expand to many more (e.g. French, German, etc).

Medibabble is easy to navigate, a great resource and best of all it's free, courtesy of talented group of medical professionals.

myHealthMate (Free)
Made in a partnership between The Alfred and Citrus Internet, myHealthmate is app as an attempt to engage males on aspects of their health and wellbeing. The app provides some general information, tips, a symptom checker and a couple of other gimmicks. It's a good shot at trying to get the male population interested in their health, and hopefully other large healthcare organisations will release their own patient education apps.

iVCL (Virtual Cath Lab)
Though not new to the market iVCL, provides an insight into an area in which medical apps have a great potential to grow. The original iVCL is free and focuses on simulating the use of a medical c-arm. iVCLv2.0 - Cardiac recently released ($3.99) by the same developers, is a 3D virtual fluoroscopy simulator and coronary anatomy viewer.

It will be interesting to see what other techniques could be offered in a mobile virtual environment in the future.

How to create Flash cards for your iPhone
Inspired by Flobach's post on how to create flash cards for your mobile, I decided to put up the method I've been using.
  1. So similarly create your flash cards in some form of presentation software (e.g. powerpoint, keynote, etc) as it suits the format.
  2. Copy these Files to FileApp (Free or Pro) and presto you're done.
The best thing about using FileApp is it allows you to structure your resources by folders into a meaningful hierarchy. Thereby, allowing you to find what you need with ease at a later date. Files can be transferred via wireless or usb. A huge array of files are supported, so there is no need to convert everything to PDF.

There are other apps available which assist you in creating flash cards and MCQs, but for a cheap and easy option the above is what I would recommend.

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