Up until 2 weeks ago, I was sort of a smart-phone luddite. My phone was about 5 years old, and that’s the way I liked it. Then I saw a post on slashdot about smart-phones by someone in a similar position, asking for advice on whether they should get a smart-phone even though they didn’t make many calls. The reply that stuck out for me was “Saying you don’t need a smart-phone because you don’t make many calls is like saying you don’t need a computer because you don’t use your typewriter or calculator that much.” It’s true, smart-phones have an incredible capacity to keep us plugged in to the world’s mixing board, and I regret not having connected sooner.
So, I bit the bullet, and here I am. Typing up my blog post on my train ride home. I’ve had some time to familiarize myself with my Droid, and here are some of the useful, free apps I’ve come across so far.
One edge that Health IT professionals have over regular IT workers is a working knowledge of medical terminology. This fun game helps keep you on top of how bodies fit together. With 23 levels, it’s quite a challenge!
A tool designed for nurses, this app contains quite a few useful features. Contains a list of basic terms, abbreviations, lab values, and a substantial review function.
Great way to keep up with the latest Health IT news.
This app is a pretty powerful tool for HIT professionals. Use it to create basic database diagrams, chart work-flows, and more. Export diagrams to PNG, SVG, JPG, or XML.
Best Twitter app available on the Android market.
Whether you’re an IT pro, or just getting started, it’s always helpful to catch up on the basics. This app offers both a basic/ professional and expert difficulty levels. The professional levels offers questions like “what does HTML stand for?” The expert level includes more challenging questions, such as “calculate B – A in hexadecimal.” Great time killer to brush on IT terms and concepts.
I’ve found my droid to be an incredibly useful tool, and will definitely be keeping an eye out for new mobile health IT tools. If you know of other useful apps, please post in the comments!