iPhone & iPod Touch Apps

iOS APPS

All available on iTunes App Store unless Specified (Updated May 28, 2015)

AgileMD - Featurng Emergency Medicine: PV Cards

Rating: 4.5/5
Cost: Free

Brief Description: App featuring the PV Cards from the excellent blog Academic Life in Emergency Medicine.

User Comment:A very user friendly app with PV cards organized by topics alphabetically making it easy to find the info you are looking for. Also downloads the content so that you can access it off-line which is great. Already a big fan of the PV cards but this makes it easier than trying to organize it myself in iBooks.


AMMI Flu

Rating: 3.5/5
Cost: Free

Brief Description:This app is from the Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Canada

User Comment: This is a really great idea, take what have become pretty complex guidelines and try to filter them into an app that allows you to make your way through the algorithms in a simple manner. The app itself is simple but does what it tries to accomplish. My only concern is the relatively aggressive use of antivirals despite the minimal benefit to most patients (which is really a guideline issue).


Calculate by QxMD

Website: http://www.qxmd.com/apps/calculate-by-qxmd
Rating:
4.5/5
Cost: Free

Brief Description: It has every formula you ever need. You can even sort them by specialty to zoom in on key ones relevant to the pathology you seek

User Comment: Best free medical formula app out there to date.


CMAJ App

Rating: 4/5
Cost:Free for CMA members

Brief Description:All of the content from CMAJ available as an app for your iPhone and iPad.  Can read on your mobile device, download PDFs or keep a collection of your bookmarks.

User Comment: Although it is a journal aimed at a general audience, there is occasionally EM relevant content.  Also, it’s great to see this journal have an app option that is free for most Canadian physicians.


Epocrates

Rating: 4/5
Cost:Free

Brief Description:Pharmacopeia, drug interactions, medical formula calculator, pill identification

User Comment: does not always contain Canadian brand names


EyeChart for iPhone and EyeChart Pro for iPad

Rating: 3.5/5
Cost: Free

Brief Description: handheld acuity at 4 or 8 feet for iPhone/iPad

User Comment: quick and easy way to test acuity without having to take patient to eye room or carry pocket card.  Limited features unless you buy the “pro” version. iPad version does allow for line randomization.


Eye Handbook

Rating: 3.5/5
Cost: Free

Brief Description: contains multiple images and clinical captions of ocular diagnoses, eye charts and links to wiki-based resources.


Figure 1

Rating: 3/5
Cost: Free

Brief Description: Image repository for medical professionals to browse, search for and get some suggestions on medical images.

User Comment: Some amazing pictures in all the gory details of the crazy things we see in the medical world.  A little unclear if there is much of an educational component to this app.


GoodReader

Rating: 4/5
Cost: 4.99$

Brief Description: File reader that allows you to organize, edit, highlight your PDF files as well as view many other file types.

User Comment: Great for reading articles when not using an App like papers, also good place to store notes that you might use on the job (eg. PV cards from Academic Life in EM).


Google Translate

Rating: 5/5
Cost: Free

Brief Description: An amazing app that is surprisingly useful in the multicultural world of EM practice. It allows you to translate from English to nearly every other language and back the other way.  It can do text-to-text, text-to-speech, speech-to-text, and speech-to-speech.

User Comment: Have found it useful for medical terms that family members cannot translate, patient who speaks good but not great English and there are one or two terms you are trying to clarify for them.


iResus

Rating: 3.5/5
Cost: Free

Brief Description: From the UK resuscitation council, contains all the ACLS algorithms in a step by step fashion for Adult and Pediatrics. 

User Comment: very basic algorithms but should be helpful for the beginner learner or moments of utter panic.


MedCalc

Rating: 3.5/5
Cost: Free

Brief Description: Simple medical calculator with formulas in different specialties including ER, ICU, Nephrology, etc.

User Comment: If you click on “info” button on top right of each formula the reference is provided for the formulas.


Medscape

Rating: 4/5
Cost:  Free

Brief Description: This app has the following features: 1) reference for a myriad of topics in medicine, similar to articles on popular website www.emedicine.com 2) drug database and interaction guide 2) EM news articles and updates on recently published trials relevant to EM 3) CME articles.


Neuromind

Rating: 3/5
Cost: Free

Brief Description: designed by a neurosurgeon it provides scoring systems for neurology/neurosurgery, anatomy review of the brain, cranial nerves, dermatomes and vascular structures related to the brain.

User Comment: Images are a bit small in their original format, although you can pinch to zoom.


Papers

Rating: 4.5/5
Cost: $11.99

Brief Description: essentially an ITunes for all the articles in your collection.

User Comment: Allows you to organize all the papers you have, make notes on them, and easily email them to colleagues/learners.  An indispensible app for the academic teachers out there.  Syncs with your Mac to easily have all your articles with you on the go.


Pedistat

Rating: 4.5/5
Cost: $3.49

Brief Description: Rapid result for a/w interventions, cardiac/sedation/pain medications, pediatric sizing of equipment (eg. Chest tubes) in a concise and simple manner.

User Comment: A great safety net to have in your back pocket specially for those who rarely see the “sick” infant/child.


PEPID Platinum

Rating: 4/5
Cost: $240

Brief Description: Medical calculator, dosing calculator, pharmacopeia, interactions, DDx generator

User Comment:

  1. I like it better than Epocrates since it is Canadian and thus Canadian trade names are included.  It has a drug interactions tool.  It also has short topic reviews and DDx. 
  2. It is an excellent all round database, including Canadian drug names and SI units.  Use it most of the time instead of Up To Date (use this only when I want more in-depth reference on a topic). Downside is $200 cost.

One Minute Ultrasound


Rating: 4/5
Cost: Free

Brief Description:One minute videos showing different U/S demonstrations relevant to the ED.  Done by the Ultrasound Podcast crew it's a nice resource for that quick bedside/teaching reference.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/one-minute-ultrasound/id512301845?mt=8


Radiology 2.0

Rating: 4/5
Cost: Free

Brief Description: Abdominal CTs of common ED pathology presented in PACS like viewer with comments. Brush up for those late night pre-reads.


Read by QxMD

Website: http://www.qxmd.com/apps/read-by-qxmd-app
Rating: 5/5
Cost: Free

Brief Description: "Read" is an incredible app available on iOS which allows you to keep up with the latest literature by allowing you to receive papers relevant to your specialty, keep up with your favourite journals and allow for one tap downloads of articles (via open access or your institution’s online subscription).

User Comment: An outstanding new app that makes it simple and easy to keep up with the latest articles. Great interface and good customer support.


The Ottawa Rules App

Rating: N/A
Cost: Free

Brief Description: One stop-shop app for all the Ottawa Rules including the Ottawa Ankle, Knee and C-Spine Rule 

User Comment: Easy to use app when you quickly want to access Ottawa rules. Great for early learners in the ED to remind them how to apply the rules.


University of Toronto Trauma Program - Protocols

Rating: 4/5
Cost: Free

Brief Description:Protocols designed to help physicians dealing with trauma patients.

User Comment: Format allows it to be used on your mobile platform or on a computer. Excellent free resource and it’s really great to see programs sharing their protocols for better patient care. Only negative is that not all the protocols reference the literature they are based upon.


UpToDate

Rating: 4.5/5
Cost: Free for any TOH staff/residents with a valid TOH email address. Check your TOH email for detailed instructions on how to access the service.

Brief Description:This is a great mobile version of the excellent content from UpToDate, which has become ubiquitous in the practice of medicine.

User Comment:  Easy to use and great content. The one draw back is you have to have an Internet connection to use it as none of the content is downloaded to your device.


WikEM

Rating: 4/5
Cost: Free

Brief Description: Free alternative to PePID consists of resident's notes on variety of EM topics. Focused on actionable items for common ED presentations.

User Comment:  Replaces little black book I made in med school and residency. 


3D Brain

Rating: 3.5/5
Cost: Free

Brief Description: Anatomy of the brain with 3D images, labels and info on the function of each one of the structures.

User Comment: Images looks great, specially on iPad.  Can look something up for yourself or show a patient when relating it to area of stroke.