Apps for this and that
I’ve always placed Pedi QuikCalc, created by pediatrician W. Kent Bonney, MD, high on my list of favorite medical apps. A new version (5) will likely be available by the time you read this. The app was completely rewritten to be faster and more customizable. My favorite features include an easy calculator for determining percentage weight loss, an intravenous fluid calculator, a bilirubin risk category tool, a medication dosage calculator, and so much more.
We are frequently confronted by puzzling rashes, with or without systemic symptoms, that make us wish we had a standby dermatologist to assist with the diagnosis. The VisualDx support system facilitates accurate diagnosis of hundreds of skin conditions. One describes the lesions and any systemic symptoms, and a list of possible conditions with photos pops up automatically. There are detailed descriptions of the displayed dermatologic conditions, along with treatment recommendations and patient handouts. You can even earn continuing medical education credits for using VisualDx. It is very reasonably priced at $400 per year. Additionally, one can pay $500 for a premium version of VisualDx that includes DermExpert. With this extra feature, one takes a photo of a lesion, and the application uses artificial intelligence algorithms to help identify the lesion, presenting a choice of 5 top possibilities. Recent study findings showed that DermExpert could identify the correct diagnoses 68% of the time, which was twice as accurate as physicians without diagnostic assistance.5
As you know the American Academy of Pediatrics revised its developmental guidelines this year. To help parents identify their children’s developmental milestones according to the new guidelines, the CDC released the Milestone Tracker App for parents. The app features easy-to-use illustrated checklists and provides numerous tips for encouraging development. Parents can use the app to identify developmental concerns that can be discussed with their pediatrician at well-child visits.