Table 10

General Healthcare Applications
Application Version (price) Platforms Description Functions
HCSIT URL50[72] 2.0 (free) Palm OS, Windows Mobile An application to assist clinicians with smoking cessation counseling of patients at the point of care. Includes Public Health Service guidelines on smoking cessation; smoking cessation drug prescribing information; FTNDs questionnaire for scoring nicotine dependence; recommend pharmacotherapy for highly dependent smokers.
Borboleta URL51[73] 1.0.2 (free) Palm OS, Symbian OS, Windows Mobile, Android A mobile telehealth system for primary homecare. Registration of patient home visits; presents patient data, patient caregiver data, patient socioeconomic data, scheduled visits, new visit registration, visit history of the patient, disease catalog, and medication catalog.
LIFe-reader [52] Not Found Windows Mobile A smartphone-based CDSSt application with a barcode reader designed for nurses in geriatric homecare. Scans EANu codes on drug packages; obtains patient’s medication profile; checks for inappropriate drugs, drug-drug interactions, therapeutic duplication, and warnings for unsuitable drugs for elderly people.
Multimedia Paging Based Clinical Alarm [75] Prototype Web-enabled smartphone A real-time clinical alarm system to monitor intensive care patients. Color-based severity indicator; displays the alarms for an intensive care unit; displays vital signs at the moment of alarm; displays all alarms for a patient bed.
Outbreaks Near Me URL52[39] 1.1 (free) iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad), Android An application for real-time disease outbreak information. Displays outbreak location in Google map and outbreak details from HealthMap database, which utilizes medical email list services, news, media report, official alerts, etc.
H1N1 Swine Flu Update URL53[39] No longer supported iOS A newsreader application for Swine Flu (H1N1) outbreaks. News feed on H1N1 outbreak from CDCv, WHOw and major news organizations.
WISER URL54[74] (free) Windows Mobile, Plam OS, iOS, BlackBerry, Android An application for Emergency Medical Service Specialists that identifies chemical and biological hazards on the basis of symptoms and signs. Provides access to NLM’s Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB); radiological and biological substance report.

This table presents the version, platforms, a short description, and a list of functions of the seven general healthcare applications. These seven applications were categorized as “general” since they do not fit into any of the categories from Tables 3 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9.

sFTND: Fagerstrom Test for Nicotine Dependence, tCDSS: Clinical Decision Support System, uEAN: European Article Number, vCDC: Center for Disease Control, wWHO: World Health Organization .

Website URLs:

URL50: http://www.smokefree.gov/software/Smartphone_Manual_Final.pdf webcite, Accessed June, 2011.

URL51: http://ccsl.ime.usp.br/borboleta/ webcite, Accessed June, 2011.

URL52: http://healthmap.org/outbreaksnearme/ webcite, Accessed June, 2011.

URL53: http://www.qxmd.com/apps/h1n1-update webcite, Accessed June, 2011.

URL54: http://wiser.nlm.nih.gov/ webcite, Accessed November, 2011.

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Mosa et al. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:67   doi:10.1186/1472-6947-12-67

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