Table 3

Disease Diagnosis Applications
Application Version (price) Platforms Description Functions
Johns Hopkins Antibiotic Guide URL1[11,39,46,47] 1.10.4 ($39.95) iOS, Android, Palm OS, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry An application to help clinicians in the diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases. Includes information on anti-microbial agents, infectious diseases, and commonly- encountered pathogens; provides expert recommendations, evidence-based recommendations, drug lists, and drug-drug interactions.
5MCCURL2[43,46] 2011 ($99.95 – 1 year) Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Palm OS, Windows Mobile The handheld version of the 5-Minute Clinical Consult (5MCC) guide. Includes information about diagnosis, treatment, medications, follow-up, and associated conditions for 900-common medical conditions; treatment algorithms such as Acromegaly, Swine Flu (H1N1), etc.; flowcharts of related algorithms and protocols; drug therapy section in each topic; ICD-9-CM code index.
5-Minute Infectious Diseases ConsultURL3[39,46] ($89.95 – 1 year) Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Palm OS, Windows Mobile An application for clinical diagnosis, laboratory testing, and appropriate therapy of infectious diseases. Includes more than 500 topics; topics are arranged alphabetically.
Sanford Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy URL4[11,16,46,47] 2011 ($29.99) Palm OS, Windows Mobile, iOS, BlackBerry. The pocket edition of the Sanford Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy. Home, back and search buttons; four rapid reference categories; diseases and clinical conditions are organized by site of infection and organism; drug information is organized by type; activity spectra comparison table (color coded) for bacteria, fungi and viruses; internal links for efficient navigation.
ePocrates ID URL5[39,46,47] Rx Pro ($99.00 – 1 year) Palm OS, Windows Mobile, iOS, BlackBerry, Android An infectious-disease application for smartphones; part of ePocrates Rx Pro. Provides information on more than 300 infections, 350 pathogens and 250 drugs; alphabetical list or search of anatomic location, infection, bug or drug; information on pathogen specific drug therapy, history and diagnosis of infection, drug interactions, adverse reactions, basic pharmacological information, and drug cost; references to review articles; ability to record personal notes.
Infectious Diseases Notes URL6[47] ($39.99) Palm OS An application to help clinicians in infectious disease treatment. Includes organisms and treatments, prophylactic therapy, antimicrobial spectra index, and normal flora index.
UpToDate URL7[11,16,17,40,45] ($495 – 1 Year) iOS, web-enabled smartphone An online tool providing evidence-based clinical information (e.g. answering clinical questions, making treatment recommendations) Includes more than 9,000 physicians topics, about 5,000 drug topics, patient information, “what’s new” alerts, practice-changing updates, abstracts, CMEa credit accrual, search filters (adult, pediatric, patient), auto-completion of search terms.
Pocket Medicine Infectious Diseases URL8[46] 3.0 ($50.00) Palm OS, Windows Mobile An application that answers questions about disease diagnosis. Suggestions for therapy; subjects are categorized as history and physical, tests, differential diagnosis, management, specific therapy, follow-up, complications, and prognosis; “what to do first” guidance.
Palm LabDX [44] Prototype Palm OS, Windows CE An application containing information on 193 common laboratory tests. Displays alphabetical listing of tests; search by test name; display test information such as reference range; causes for increased and decreased values, descriptions of tests, and notes on interpretation and related tests.
Normal Lab Values URL9[26] 1.4 ($1.99) iOS An application to help interpret laboratory test results. Shows reference values both in traditional and SIb units, visualizes labs by categories or alphabetical list, search field.
Lab Unit Converter URL10[26] 1.2 ($4.99) iOS An application to convert lab values between conventional and SIb units. 250 common lab tests; quick access to frequently used conversions; search lab tests.
Labs 360URL11[26] ($49.95 – 1 year standard subscription) Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Palm OS, Windows Mobile. A laboratory guide edited by a practicing clinician. Includes all common laboratory tests, providing high and low values; cross-reference all skyscape resources; updates every 4–6 weeks.
Davis’s Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests URL12[26] ($49.95) Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Palm OS, Windows Mobile. A nursing-focused laboratory and diagnostic test reference. Provides test procedure information on over 400 labs; patient care before, during, and after the test; RSS feeds of clinical lab-product news; list of drug-test interactions; sub-specialty information.
Pocket Guide to Diagnostic Tests URL13[17,26] ($39.95 – 1 year standard subscription) Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Palm OS, Windows Mobile. A diagnostic and laboratory test reference designed for medical, nursing and other health professional students. Includes laboratory procedures in clinical settings; laboratory tests, diagnostic imaging tests, costs and risks of various procedure; flowcharts of complex algorithms; color images; cross-reference to all other Skyscape applications.
IDdx URL14[23] 1.10 ($1.99) iOS, Palm OS, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry A decision support software tool to help medical practitioners to diagnose infectious diseases. Explores 275 diseases in 15 categories; search by disease name or disease criteria (includes 119 signs and symptoms, 39 epidemiological factors, 16 regions of the world); examples of epidemiological factors; access diseases worldwide; drill down to the infections associated with compromised hosts or bioterrorism.
eRoentgen Radiology Dx URL15[23] ($19.99) iOS A smartphone application that helps radiologists to identify the most appropriate radiology exam for a patient. Identifies most appropriate radiology exam for a patient; informs choice of the best test the first time around; searches by diagnosis and symptoms.
iSeismometer URL16[48] 1.3 (free) iOS, Windows Phone A tool for rapid measurement of tremor frequency using the iPhone accelerometer. Measure and display of movement in X, Y, Z axis and their predominant frequency band.
Video Laser Level URL17[49] 1.0 ($1.99) iOS Positions virtual red horizontal lines over the live video. Allows oculoplastic surgeons to evaluate alignment and misalignment of canthal position during surgical planning, execution, and follow-up.
EyeChart URL18[41] 1.1 (free) iOS An application for visual acuity tests. Includes the Snellen eye chart that is used by eye care professionals to measure visual acuity.
EyePhone URL19[42] 1.0 ($25.00) iOS An application for visual acuity test. Distance E-test, near visual acuity test, fixating, flash light, color test, Amsler grid, and pupil diameter test.
DizzyFIX URL20[41] 1.3 ($14.99) iOS Assists clinicians in correctly diagnosing and treating vertigo due to BPPVc. Assists in doing Epley Maneuver, which is recognized as the primary treatment of BPPVc, assists clinicians in guiding patient through the correct series of precise head and body positions; video tutorial is available at webcite

This table presents the version, platforms, a short description, and a list of functions of the 21 disease diagnosis applications for healthcare professionals.

aCME: Continuing Medical Education, bSI: International System of Units, cBPPV: Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo.

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Mosa et al.

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

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