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Docs get an improved app; the rest of us enjoy monitoring our kids and our email

MedscapeMedscapeHow does your health care provider keep up with the ever-changing healthcare industry?

With the right app, of course.

Next time you’re wearing the paper Johnny while being examined, break the tension by asking if your doc or nurse practitioner uses Medscape Mobile (featured below).

You can also avail yourself of the MobileKids app to keep abreast of the ever-changing dynamics of your children.

Those, along with the excellent Sparrow email app, are my picks this week.

Updated Medscape Mobile App

The highest rated and most downloaded medical app used among physicians has been updated for the iPad and iPad Mini, featuring new tools that doctors want and need.

According to a Manhattan Research study released in May, physicians haven’t found apps completely suited to their needs. Medscape’s response was to purposely design these new updates with physicians in mind. Included in the update are medical calculators – users can access 129 medical calculators covering formulas, scales and classifications directly through the calculator feature. The app also provides clinicians with a complete list of over 1,800 insurance plans across all 50 states. Users can save their accepted health plans and have access to that information with every use. Physicians can compare tier status for drugs in the same class to consider an alternate drug for their patients.


 Bipper, a mobile personal safety product developer, announced their new MobileKids app on Thursday, Jan. 24. The new app for the iPhone and Android devices enables parents to monitor activity and set limits on a child’s mobile phone use without eavesdropping on private conversations or combing through text messages.

The app includes customizable features with filters to block inappropriate downloads and contacts. MobileKids also has GPS-tracking capabilities accessible from the parent’s phone. If you want to know where your kids is – or, at least, where your kid’s phone is – this will do it.
You can also limit phone usage during specific times, such as during school or study time, and overall minutes as well to keep bills down.

MobileKids is downloaded and installed on both the parent and child’s mobile phones.


Email is such an integral part of many people’s lives – especially the people who read these columns. So it’s surprising how often people are unaware that their email is broken. This app will change that. Sparrow, available for iPhone and Mac, features multiple account integration, labels, easy photo uploads, and intuitive display of long email threads. Sparrow was recently acquired by Google, something CEO Dom Leca is pretty excited about:

“While we’ll be working on new things at Google, we will continue to make Sparrow available and provide support for our users. We had an amazing ride and can't thank you enough. Full speed ahead!”

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