By-line: This article is written by Kat Sanders, who regularly blogs on the topic of phlebotomist schools at her blog Health Zone Blog. She welcomes your comments and questions at her email address.
The number of applications being developed for iPhone owners belonging to the medical community is increasing by the day. I guess it’s because more and more physicians are changing loyalties from their PDAs and Blackberries over to the iPhone, more so after the release of the SDK to third party developers. The latest in this line of apps is Clinical Trials which allows users to access the database of the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health which holds the results of and information pertaining to more than 71,500 clinical trials.
The application has been developed by StopWatch Media, a company that develops mobile applications, and promises to improve the way physicians practice medicine. For one, it cuts down search time because doctors and other healthcare practitioners do not have to log onto a notebook computer in order to search the vast database. For another, it contributes to patient care from anywhere in the world that has access to a WiFi internet connection.
The application allows users to search using specific criteria, and instead of returning a large list of results, trims it down to only the most relevant ones based on the search terms and filters used. Results can be filtered according to phase I or phase II trials, observational or interventional trials, trials funded by industry or the National Institutes of Health, and other such criteria. The results can be saved or emailed to others, thus facilitating the sharing and collaboration of information. In an industry where every second makes a huge difference, applications like this make a doctor’s job easier to perform and allow a patient access to faster and more effective treatment.