iPhone has generated a new wave in mobile industry not only for consumers and fitness freaks but also for healthcare professionals. Mobile industry has made a leap from use of mobiles to make and receive phone calls, click pictures and listen music to navigate routes, track fitness and etc. Major contributor to this increased use is iPhone that has hundreds of user friendly applications at an affordable cost. I reviewed new Apple OS 3.0 and medical applications in my previous posts: Check your health through iPhone and 20 iPhone health and fitness applications. Recently a new application for iPhone was launched, “SonoAccess app” which is an innovative solution for physicians to enhance their bedside assessment of ultrasound techniques.
SonoSite, Inc. is the world leader and specialist in hand-carried ultrasound for point-of-care medicine, designed SonoAccess(TM) application for doctors to access high quality instructional ultrasound images and videos. SonoAccess(TM) is the first free interactive mobile learning application, which includes 28 videos and 17 case studies that doctors can use to study ultrasound techniques. The take home message is that the information is available to physicians, where and when they need it.
What are the features of SonoAccess iPhone application?
The SonoAccess application is available for free download and provides following features:
- Scanning Techniques demonstrate expert techniques and tips for point-of-care ultrasound applications.
- Video Case Studies provide an in-depth knowledge of specific cases that doctors may encounter during practice.
- Clinical Image Gallery provides an expert ultrasound images for anatomy recognition and as a quick comparative reference to compare results.
- Quick-Start Guides provide user manuals to new SonoSite users, a digital roadmap of their system’s controls and features to help navigate the user interface.
- Reimbursement Guides provide general coverage and payment information for diagnostic ultrasound and ultrasound-guided procedures, so you have an accurate coding and billing information.
- News Feed keeps you up-to-date on the latest SonoSite news.
How can I download SonoAccess to my iPhone for free?
Does SonoAccess work on every model ofiPhone?
SonoAccess works on the device that have iPhone OS version 2.2.1 or 3.0 installed. SonoAccess does not support older iPhone or iPhone with older OS versions and OS versions from other manufacturers. For more details regarding downloading of SonoAccess app and other issues, you can review Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) available at sonosite.com.
What is the opinion of doctors about SonoAccess iPhone application?
Dr. Perera, Emergency Ultrasound Program Director at Columbia University Medical Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital, NY, said “We have learned that using video works very well for teaching ultrasound–you don’t get the same impact from textbooks. I can use SonoAccess even while teaching a resident to perform an ultrasound exam at the bedside by propping up the iPhone next to the bed and pointing out on an image ‘this is the heart chamber you are looking for,’ for example,”
The launch of innovative SonoAccess technology was the result of a collaborative effort between Slalom and SonoSite. Sonosite is the world leader and specialist in hand-carried ultrasound and has always been at the forefront of the medical industry in bringing diagnostic tools to the patient skills. I am sure vast library of image and video is available to the physicians in some form, but the key of SonoAccess is that it brings “selected images and video” to the iPhone, wherein, physician can review it whenever he wants. Also hopefully, doctors will find SonoAccess application useful and will enhance patient care. There are still hundreds of untapped medical applications that need attention. We will look at them as they come, till then, Healthy learning!