Oct 192011

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So you’ve ordered your next iPhone, and the 4S is now in your hands!

You certainly would like to try this new Siri technology Apple has been raving about, but there’s a hitch! It ain’t working! Is your iPhone broken already? Did Apple forget to load it in your shiny new phone?

Never fear! Here’s the answer:

Step 1: Tap the icon for Settings.
Step 2: Scroll down to Siri.
Step 3: Tap “On” Siri!

Honestly, we fumbled for 30 mins looking for the icon. Apple, with all their geniuses, forgot to set Siri “active”!

And no, you can’t use Siri to read your email, you can’t find a place outside Australia!!! Try asking Siri for a Mcdonalds, she won’t be able to tell you if you’re outside the USA.

Apple, you have to update Siri ASAP!!!

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 Posted by at 7:19 pm
Jul 042011

The Australian Emergency Medicine application (AusEM) aims to bring evidence-based medicine to clinical practice in a quick, easy-to-read format. The AusEM app is a continuing collaboration among doctors in different levels of their training, encompassing a broad spectrum of skills and experience. We showcase local guidelines and protocols that are more suitable to the Australian practice of emergency medicine.


The app consists of 2 main parts: E2P, and EM notes. E2P or “Evidence 2 Practice” will help you with specific problems on managing patients (i.e. – is treatment X appropriate for condition Y?). E2P concentrates on individual parts of a medical consult (i.e – history, physical examination, investigations and management). EM Notes, on the other hand, will help you form the framework of managing patients as a whole. Unlike E2P which concentrates on individual parts of a medical consult, EM notes should help you build a structured, logical plan to deal with all the factors that contribute to a patients presentation until final disposition. Think of EM Notes as looking at the forest whilst E2P looks at individual trees.


The AusEM app is free to download from the AppStore. Working in mobile phone signal-poor emergency departments ourselves, once installed on your iPhone, the data on the AusEM app is accessible offline, with only twice-monthly updates needed to include new topics on your app.


The AusEM app is an in-house development of the Gold Coast Hospital – Accident and Emergency Department, based in Queensland, Australia.


Download the AusEM App at http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/ausem/id424804038?mt=8



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 Posted by at 1:53 pm
Jan 302011
galen medical

This is the long-delayed review of the MyMBS App by Galen Medical based in Melbourne, Australia. It is an App developed for doctors, nurses and proceduralists.

First off, what is the MBS? The Medicare Benefits Scheme or MBS, is a listing of the Medicare services subsidised by the Australian government. Most hospitals have a thick white book that one can flip through to look for the MBS item. However, for those who have internet access in their surgery/ practice/ hospital ward, you can alternatively find the MBS list available online  at http://www9.health.gov.au/mbs/search.cfm .

So, the MBS is already available in a book and online! Who needs the iPhone App then?

You would need the thick white book if you don’t have an internet connection or you don’t have an iPhone (or don’t know how to use one), otherwise, you can keep the book underneath the table of your beloved administrative officer.

How about internet access versus the myMBS iPhone App? This is where it gets tricky.

Sure, the MBS is available on the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing website, BUT, you will need a computer terminal (which more often than not is occupied by your favorite person in the ward doing facebook) or a Smart Phone with internet access (if you can get a signal in the bowels of your lead-lined hospital or out-of-coverage country practice).

With the MyMBS app, you only download it once (hence no need for a constant internet connection) but get free updates the same way you would have with the offical MBS website.

Now, we go to the nitty-gritty of the myMBS App:

The search function of the myMBS app is pretty straightforward, just like the one on the offical MBS website. However, I would have liked the search function to be able to offer nearest word / spelling. We all make mistakes in spelling every now and then, whether it may be from mistyping on the iphone or just plain bad spelling.

Good clean interface. I like the colored tabs to make things easier to navigate.

Very useful favorites function so you can keep a quick reference for your common procedures. It would be nice to incorporate some of the calculator function to the favorites (e.g. – all the dollar values inside a folder should be added up together so that you just add the subtotal to another procedure / or set of procedures that you might do.

This is probably the main selling point of this app – adding up MBS items without touching a calculator! I do have some gripes about it. Whenever you add more to list of calculations, you always have to go through the list again from the add item button. I think it would be better if you just click a checkbox next to the MBS item that you need to add it on the list instead of going back and forth – too many thumb movements for me! (think of it as mouse clicks – the less the better). [correction, there is an additional calculator icon on certain items so that you can add them to the calculation panel without going through the add item box]. In addition, as I said earlier, having your favorite grouped items added together already and being able to choose it from the add item button would make wonders.

Another feature I would like to see is the ability to save the calculations or list for future reference. A further step would be to upload the list to a server so you can audit it again at some point.


4/5  Stars: Almost perfect for what it was made for but I envision a few tweaks that would make it a killer app!

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Jan 222011

I am currently reviewing the MyMBS app by Galen Medical. I would like to offer our readers the chance to download the app themselves for free using a promotional code from Galen Medical – provided you give me a few of your thoughts about the app.

Please email webmaster@AustralianIMG.com your name and email address and I will forward the promotional code to you.

Check out the MyMBS App at the App Store:




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Jul 272010
Medical Iphone App: Pros Cons
Skyscape: conglomerate of different apps – calculators, textbooks (Oxford, Emergency Medicine, etc), evidenced-based medicine (Dynamed), American guidelines (AHA, ALS), drug references


  • all-in-one
  • most specialty books, guidelines covered
  • gives possible drug doses
  • up-to-date
  • topics well-presented and concise
  • free updates
  • expensive
  • slow, specific apps are buried under layers of indexes
  • American-based guidelines
  • Users cannot add new information
  • No built in calculator
  • No ability to place favorite references, no ability to suggest favorite references for other people
  • No diagrams
QxMd: conglomerate of different apps – topic specific content: AF guide, pedi stat, h1n1, medspeak


  • Concise, easy-to-understand, good graphics and tables
  • Calculators
  • Quiz function
  • Reasonably priced
  • Separated into different apps
  • Free updates
  • Search function for ECG samples
  • extra payment for additional features  – should be standard!
  • you still to navigate through a lot of indexes to get to information
  • can’t add favorites or add new information
iResus: UK Resuscitation Council Guidelines

  • Free!
  • Free updates
  • Uses good clear diagrams (same ones used in Australia)
  • Option for step-by-step algorithm approach
  • Concise
  • Easy-to-use
  • Ability to zoom in and out of diagrams
  • Suggest drugs
  • No built-in calculator
  • Treatment options not clear – needs more information or clarification (especially in a resus scenario, you need all the clarity you can get)\
  • No search function
WikEM: WikiEmergency Medicine Iphone App – internal notes and checklists passed down from generations of residents (aka – registrars in Australia, UK and British-system countries) of the Harbor –UCLA Emergency Medicine Residency Training Program

  • FREE!
  • Updated almost daily
  • Ideas and “recipes” not quickly found in many textbooks – some are more anecdotal / experience-based
  • Quick access to commonly seen cases in emergency medicine
  • A mix of short descriptions of disease, treatments, and “how-to’s” of EM
  • Ability to add more notes – if you’re a resident or consultant of Harbor UCLA
  • Ability to make a good search for articles
  • No uniform look / design
  • A lot of spelling mistakes and grammatical errors
  • No diagrams
  • Pretty much like reading through Wikipedia on your phone
  • You have to submit corrections or suggestions to a website, administrators will have to add manually
CPR Drugs: one-page, simple app, lists 11 of most commonly used drugs in a resuscitation scenarios in the US

  • Very simple, one-page app
  • Weight-based calculations
  • One click to app, 2 clicks to type, one click to process – FAST in resuscitation scenarios
  • US based, slightly different drugs used in Australian hospitals and experience of doctor
  • No ability to add or subtract drugs
  • No explanations how to use drugs
  • No ability to save the computations done or to label for a name (I guess this app is so simple that you only need the weight anyway)
  • Was previously FREE, but is now removed from the AppStore by Oliver Karam, part of Shann Drug Doses book
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