iMedicine: applications for iPhone and iPod Touch
Advances in mobile technology have implications for doctors
- By: Alexander Young, Jonathan Bloor
Look in the bag of any hospital doctor today, and it is likely that you will find several reference guides, pocket books, shift rotas, journals, and revision materials. While having these to hand throughout the day may be desirable, it is not always practical because of the sheer volume of information. Many doctors already use personal digital assistants (PDAs) to help them to organise and store information, but the introduction of the iPhone and iPod Touch with their large, touch screen displays could provide doctors with a powerful tool, especially when combined with third party medical applications.
This article looks primarily at the medical applications for the iPhone and iPod Touch because they are newer to the market, but it is worth mentioning that many applications are available on other platforms, including BlackBerry, Palm OS, and Windows Mobile.
Medical applications are available through the iTunes store, and Apple provides a