In this article, I will be showing different ways iOS apps have been successfully applied to the medical domain, and after that mention the lessons we can learn from apps in such domain. The implication of success was based on the app having the following criteria: (1) Rating to nearly 5-stars; and (2) Having a website.
So, yes, get your iOS device ready, and let’s give a try to those apps.
Heart rate measurement
Heart rate (heart pulse) is the speed of the heartbeat measured by the number of contractions of the heart per unit of time, typically beats per minute (bpm). People may need to monitor their heart rate changes that might occur due to physical exercise, sleep, anxiety, stress, *etc*. Do you remember that day when your heart started beating fast? But, was it really very fast? Fortunatley, different apps have been designed for measuring our heart rate. Based on the criteria I set above, Instant Heart Rate seemed to be the choice.
Instant Heart Rate is an award-winning app with over 35 million users. Using your camera’s flash the app is able to tell your heart rate and how healthy you are. It provides you with detailed analytics that help you get in tune with each heartbeat. Through its Revolutionary Standup TestTM, Instant Heart Rate provides insight into your health through detailed analysis about your heart’s strength, based on how hard it has to work when you stand up. It is exciting to know that Revolutionary Standup TestTM is used by Olympic athletes and professional bodybuilders.
Instant Heart Rate has been featured in many newspapers like CNN, The New York Times, and The Guardian. It is rated as the number one mobile heart rate measurement app in many countries, and is trusted by Stanford’s leading cardiologists for use in clinical trials. In the above block a couple of links to sources could be worthwhile.
I remember when I once took an anatomy class. It was really frustrating sometimes, especially when you need to memorize those many structures, of which you might not have the chance to see in reality.
Essential Anatomy in this case comes to the play. It is considered the most successful anatomy app out there, having more content and features than any other anatomy app. It is also considered the gold standard in medical reference applications, since it constitutes more than 8200 structures, and is highly accurate and visually stunning.
Being used over 1.1 million times each month by all the top universities and students around the world, this makes Essential Anatomy the worlds most used medical study and reference app.
Another app on this regard is Visible Body’s Human Anatomy Atlas, which is considered the best-selling, most anatomically accurate, 3D atlas of the male and female human body. It has been created by anatomy visualization experts and reviewed by anatomists and healthcare professionals. More colleges and universities also teach with Human Anatomy Atlas than any other 3D atlas.
Women may sometimes be uncertain on when their period starts for instance, and other issues they would like to keep track of.
Apps now make such tasks easier. For example, LifeTM, a nicely designed app, is simple use and allows women to track their period, schedule cycle reminders, predict fertile days as well as other features.
Tests on hand
The issue of accessing information and tests can be noticed from what Hakim, a nurse in France mentions:
I use many different medical applications but they are all like trawling through a encyclopedia. When I’m with a patient, I have to have access to the information I need quickly. I need something adapted to the day-to-day of my job.
Posolog is a medical app dedicated to hospital and nursing staff as well as medical school students. Posolog is an easy-to-use app which gives a simple and quick way to calculate the flow rate of a drip (blood or solute) and the body mass index, whatever units the user is using. The app also allows the user to have his/her most used tests on hand, which can be consulted in both SI or US metric standards.
Diabetes refers to a group of diseases that affect how your body uses blood sugar (glucose), which is vital to your health since it is an important source of energy for the cells that make up your muscles and tissues. It is also considered the brain’s main source of fuel.
The Glucose Buddy app (ranked the number one app by Manny Hernandez, co-founder of TuDiabetes and Diabetes Hands Foundation) is a data storage utility for people with diabetes. Through this app, users can manually enter glucose numbers, carbohydrate consumption, insulin dosages, and activities. The user can then view all of his/her data on the glucosebuddy.com account.
Sometimes learning by playing games might be more effective than just reading and memorizing.
Bio Inc is a biomedical strategy simulator in which you determine the ultimate fate of a victim by developing the most lethal illness possible. The game consists of 18 stages and 4 difficulty settings. It also provides real-time human body degradation with 100+ realistic biomedical conditions. You can even compare your score from players around the globe and challenge your friend, and more!
What medical uses do you use your iOS for? Share with us your thoughts in the comments section below.
Going through the apps above, we can notice that apps are targeting different aspects of the healthcare domain. For just the app sample we saw, there are sensitive organs targeted such has the heart, and sensitive diseases such as diabetes.
The healthcare domain in itself is very complex, and targeting such domain with complex systems will surely affect their usability, which at the same time could cause catastrophic implications.
If we look at the apps above, we can notice that some of them strive to provide the following:
– Friendly, nice looking interface (design)
– Easy navigation
– Quick setup
– Simple on-screen guidance
Thus, taking those factors into account will make it more smoother to deliver a simple-to-use app in a complex domain, with satisfactory user experience.