Last Week Saw Surge of Impressive New Medical Apps

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Last week saw a surprisingly impressive release of quality free and paid medical apps for the iPhone and iPad, including a number of apps geared toward cardiologists, and a few for primary care and other specialists.

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This past week yielded a surprisingly impressive release of quality free and paid medical apps for both the iPhone and iPad. Those in cardiology have a couple app releases that should make them very excited, but this list also contains many apps that primary care and other specialists should be interested in as well. Here are three of the new releases.

1. CathSource.

An up-to-date reference for cardiac catheterization and angiography. Contains videos, images, and overviews on a variety of topics pertinent to specialists and trainees in cardiovascular conditions.

Also includes detailed videos and descriptions of key cardiac pathology that can be seen on catheterization. Although aimed at specialists, could be used a reference tool for students or residents who are rotating through the CCU or other cardiology rotations.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

iTunes Link: CathSource

Price: $3.99

Students and practicing clinicians can use this app to improve their auscultation skills through 14 lessons based on key heart sounds. Includes text, 3D cardiac animation, dynamic waveforms, and a virtual manequin along with the lessons. Potentially a great educational app for students and residents learning heart auscultations — best part, it’s free.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad


iTunes Link: 3M Littmann Sound Builder

Price: Free

Two significant McGraw Hill textbooks from MedHand, customized for mobile form for both the iPhone and the iPad. Clinical Anesthesia provides basic principles and clinical considerations in the anesthetic management of patients. Includes information on equipment, pharmacology, regional anesthesia, pathophysiology, pain management, anesthetic management, and critical care.

Current Diagnosis and Treatment in Family Medicine, as the title describes, is focused for primary care, and covers medical information ranging from pediatric to geriatric care.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

iTunes Link: Clinical Anesthesiology

Price: $79.99

iTunes Link: Current Diagnosis & Treatment in Family Medicine

Price: $74.99

See the complete list of the week’s top new medical apps at