Medical and healthcare technology often advances in some of the most unbelievable, even breathtaking ways. Especially, when you think about what things were like as few as 10 years ago. Smartphone technology also grows by leaps, with apps for everything you could want. The real magic happens when the two industries come together, resulting in health apps that can actually help professionals do their jobs.
Epic Haiki Accesses Records Remotely
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Haiki, an app by Epic, is available on iPhone, iPad, and Android at no cost. That’s great news for doctors, because succinctly, the app lets them access a wealth of medical and patient information. Don’t worry about violating HIPAA because only authorized healthcare professionals can use the app, and the access is fully secure.
This is an app that could theoretically cause a return to house calls. With this on your phone, you can look up:
- Schedules at your hospital or clinic
- Patient lists
- Summaries about a patient’s health
- Results for tests and procedures
- Your in-basket
- And notes made by you, other doctors, or nurses
The app also acts as a dictation device, which is ideal if you need to make notes to yourself while going over the information you need. In order to use Haiku, your healthcare facility has to license it, so everything is on the up and up. It’s especially beneficial for hospitals and clinics that use tablets for record keeping, intake, and examinations.
Medscape Makes Diagnoses Safer
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The last thing a doctor wants to do is prescribe a medication that results in an allergic reaction, or prescribe a dosage that is too high for an individual patient and leads to an adverse effect. Medscape, which is free for Android and iOS users, offers the opportunity to avoid that problem entirely. It’s likewise ideal for nurses, CNAs, and even medical school students doing their residencies or internships.
The app encompasses 34 different specialties and recognizes over 8,000 medications, generic brands, over-the-counter options, and supplements. It allows you to check for any drug interactions, offers advice on how medications will affect pregnant or lactating women, and includes knowledgeable articles, studies, and videos by other doctors. Whenever you’re in doubt about a particular medication, all you have to do is reached for your phone.
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If you’ve ever wanted to interact with colleagues and medical professionals, or get in touch with them quickly, Doximity is a valuable healthcare app for you. Free on Android and iPhone, it’s essentially a social network for doctors. Better still, it’s secure and meets HIPAA standards, so there’s no worry about breaching confidentiality.
The app lets you access a directory of medical professionals in every imaginable specialty at practically any hospital in any area. If you’re a doctor in California who needs to consult with an oncologist in Massachusetts, the directory will put you in touch. You can also have access to medical schools, trainers, specialists, and expert authors and researchers. The app also lets you sign, send, and receive faxes electronically, which is incredibly efficient.
FertileScope Pinpoints Male Fertility
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While still in its beginning patent stages, FertileScope is a true innovation. It turns your smartphone into a microscope, which is then able to check fertile health in men. In addition to keeping a record of male fertility, this app will also aid in research for determining the reason behind low sperm counts, low sperm motility, and various morphology issues.
Not only will this help doctors who deal with fertility, it is also helpful to men who choose to watch their own sperm counts. It’s truly one-of-a-kind, and may well change the face of fertility monitoring in the healthcare industry.
IVF-Predict Monitors Female Fertility
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The complement for FertileScope is IVF-Predict, which is helpful in every area from monitoring overall fertility to aiding in the egg donation process. The app, which is available for iPhone but is still UK-based, is a calculator that uses specific criteria to figure out a woman’s chances of conceiving using in-vitro fertilization.
By submitting a woman’s age, what she’s trying for, the source of the egg, and aspects of her medical history and medications, the app provides a statistical percentage measuring her chances of a successful live birth. In addition to benefiting fertility specialists, it can also help women exercise control over the process and stay in-the-know.
Medical technology has certainly come a long way, especially when you can get access to so much over your phone. What will they think of next?