An Apple [iPhone] a day...

I’ve been remiss in posting, not for lack of material, but rather for lack of time. I am going to try to get this blogging thing down so that each post doesn’t take hours to write, which is my own fault I admit. In the spirit of shorter posts that also provide readers with insights into this Pharma 2.0 space, here is my first stab. Mobile apps that focus on health and wellness for both consumers and professionals are burgeoning. There are nearly 100 different iPhone applications available today at the iTunes store. With Steve Jobs predicting sales of 10 million iPhones by the end of 2008, it is likely that individuals and providers will be using their phones and PDA's for more of their health management. I’ll be profiling different health applications in the coming weeks because there are so many interesting ones.

First up is Medical Calculator from MarketWall. This free download was designed to help doctors and nurses compute useful formulas and equations they frequently need. Examples include:

  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Bicarb Deficit
  • Fractional Excretion of Sodium (FENa)
  • MELD Score (Model for End-Stage Liver Disease)
  • Parkland Burns (fluid requirements for first 8 and 24 hours)
  • Pregnancy Wheel
  • Renal Failure Index

One physician reviewer wrote, "Granted that not all medical calculations are here, but many essentials are. This does indeed have room for improvement, but I've been waiting for one of these programs since getting the iPhone."