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October 10, 2012

MedCalc, More than a Medical Calculator Application for iOS Devices

One of the “best” medical mobile applications for smartphones and mobile devices, according to Barton Associates, is MedCalc, which is said to have useful features that many physicians and nurse practitioners can use.

What is unique about the MedCalc mobile app is that it is a medical calculator for iOS devices, like iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. It’s been created by two MDs (Pascal Pfiffner and Mathias Tschopp) for MDs to have access to complicated medical formulas, scores, scales and classifications.

Also available, MedCalc Pro is a  version that offers premium features such as having active formula information displayed side by side, which makes use of the iPad’s big screen; it also allows users to add notes to formulas, enter values to create a patient database, in addition to being able to save, share and print reports.

Both MedCalc and its Pro version can be bought and downloaded from Apple’s iTunes and App Store; it will cost $1.99 for the standard app and $4.99 for the Pro app. Either app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, but people prefer the pro version, which has more features, over the basic app.

There is MedCalc 3000, which is also a popular and comprehensive medical calculator system to consider. It is available at Google Play to buy and download. As an alternative, or as an addition, there are also a collection of on-line medical calculators available that may benefit healthcare professionals as well.

One such healthcare professional that has called upon the MedCalc app lately is Dr. Alvin Rajkomar of internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center; he had used the app’s tools to provide calculated answers to diagnose symptoms to help treat a patient.  Without such technology and a source of medical knowledge to gain by a mobile device in real-time, he may have not had the right dosage for a saline solution in time to care for a frail, elderly patient with a dangerously low sodium level.

As an alternative in having MDs turn to an traditional pocket medicine book or spend time looking for Web-based information, MDs like Dr Rajkomar can rely on an app, the MedCalc, to instantly obtain information (within a minute) they need to start treating a patient with particular, urgent needs.

MedCalc is intended to be an affordable, yet great medical application, requiring no technical knowledge to use; it is possible to redefining medicine with apps like MedCalc for iOS users with detailed information about formulas, scores, calculations and equations that are necessary or in time of need.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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