New addition to the free medical #iOS (iPhone/iPad) app list: MediBabble
Posted Aug 15 2012 6:04pm
Fancy a translator in your pocket for those times when you are dealing with a non-English speaking patient? I find Google Translate (for iOS and Android) pretty good for most occasions but that app requires an Internet connection and 3G can sometimes be wonky. MediBabble fills this void and provides a handy way to generate audio and text phrases in the language of your non-English speaking patient. The default is Spanish but you can download for free other language packs such as Mandarin. The drill down menu approach is easy enough and covers a lot of ground in the clinical history taking process.
Welcome to MediBabble, a free, professional-grade medical translation tool. MediBabble is a robust history-taking and examination application designed to improve the safety, efficiency, and overall quality of care for non-English speaking patients. A timely and accurate history is the cornerstone of medical diagnosis and treatment; the relative difficulty of obtaining one with non-English speakers is a significant barrier to care. We believe that a portable, widely available, real-time communication solution — like MediBabble — has the potential for profound impact and is too important to sell. Which is why we’re giving it away.
MediBabble currently downloads with Spanish included, with additional languages (Mandarin, Cantonese, Russian and Haitian Creole) available as free downloads from within the application.
- Contains thousands of translated questions and instructions all playable as high-quality audio recordings
- Thoughtfully organized by symptom to facilitate comprehensive or targeted medical history-taking all the way from chief complaint to review of systems
- A thorough physical exam section provides phrases used to prepare, position, instruct and educate patients during an exam
- Five languages currently available: Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Russian and Haitian Creole
- Tested in large university and county hospital settings, including emergency departments, inpatient wards, intensive care units, and perioperative environments
- Does not require internet connectivity once downloaded
- All content written and reviewed by a panel of physicians
- Each phrase closely reviewed by at least two medically-trained native speakers for accuracy, cultural appropriateness, and accessibility to patients of varying levels of education and health literacy