Last June, a Romanian start-up Cronian Labs released an iPhone app Skin Scan which claimed that it can help with early diagnosis (or warning signs) of melanoma. The availability of Skin Scan at Apple iTunes Store was widely covered in the media (eg, read here and here). And, it was also the first time I put medical apps on my radar screen.
There are now hundreds of medical apps, and it is not unsurprising to find oncologists and cancer researchers using a variety of these as reference tools, calculators and diagnostic aids. Here is a short list:
- ASH Guides
- Pubmed on Tap: reference search.
- ASCO journal apps, such as, Journal of Clinical Oncology.
- NCCN app: National Comprehensive Cancer Network Guidelines.
- Epocrates Rx: drug info, etc.
- UpToDate: evidence-based reviews on various medical conditions.
- ShoulderDecide (by Orca Health): shoulder-specific information, including 3-D models, visualization tools, surgical videos, radiology pictures.
- CTSNet wiki notes: reviews thoracic surgery.
- Molecules: 3D models of chemical entities and drug molecules.
- CTCAE-4 app: useful for those involved in clinical trials and research. CTCAE stands for Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events.
- Ask Dory! helps find information about clinical trials for cancer based on data from ClinicalTrials.gov. This app was the winner of a challenge sponsored by Office for National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) of the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
- My Cancer Genome app helps doctors find a list of therapeutic options for cancer, based on a patient’s tumor gene mutations. This app was a finalist in the ONC's challenge (above).
- Advanced RCC Prognostic Calculator developed by Pfizer: It is based on data from MSKCC, New York, NCCN guidelines for kidney cancer.
- Calculate by QxMD: clinical calculator.
- FRAX developed by WHO: to assess bone density and fracture risk.
- HemeCalc: provides heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) and Follicular Lymphoma International Prognostic Index (FLIPI) scores.
Diagnostic aids and decision-support tools:
- CollabRx by College of American Pathologists (CAP) helps with therapy decisions for lung, melanoma and colorectal cancers. Read here.
- My Cancer Genome helps doctors see a list of therapeutic options for cancer, based on a patient’s tumor gene mutations. It was a finalist in the ONC's challenge (see above).
Social Media (gated communities with door sign "physician-only"):
- Doximity: HIPPA-complient with encrypted messaging.
- Sermo: also physician-only site
Apps for Cancer patients and About Cancer:
- Cancer.Net app by ASCO (is for cancer patients as wells as oncologists). iMedicalApps calls it must-have app for patients. Visit here.
- Livestrong app by Lance Armstrong Foundation to help cancer patients track their disease.
- Pain Squad by Cundari, Toronto, helps kids undergoing chemo and radiotherapy keep detailed pain logs by disguising the data entry as a game. Read here.
- Caring Bridge by CaringBridge.org
General time-sucking apps:
- Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn
- News - all kinds! (Did I forget ESPN!)
Attribution: This post contains information shared by Scott Kahn, Chairman, Biomarkers Council-ICAN; his friends; and, I also borrowed from a post by Michael A. Thompson, "Oncology Smartphone Applications: Perspectives From a Researcher/Community-Based Hematologist/Oncologist and a Physician Reviewer of Medical Apps." published at Cancer Network on March 9, 2012.
- iMedicalApps.com where over 200 apps for iPhone and Android have been reviewed.
- Mobile & Web Apps to Prevent Cancer -- MD Anderson Cancer Center website. Includes apps to monitor exercise, help with smoking cessation, diet control, cancer risk assessment, etc.
- Click here for the list of Apps compiled by Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library of Howard University.
- 5 Breast Cancer Apps Everyone Could Benefit From. By Emily Abbate.