IPhone5 for physicians

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Apple's new iPhone 5: thinnest, lightest, fastest iPhone ever
Operating System: iOS 6
Weight: Less than 4 oz
1136 x 640 pixel screen
includes an iSight camera
Video: 1080p HD
Better "ear-pods"
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See also Apple iPad for physicians | Apple iPhone4 for physicians | Docphin | Google Android for physicians | Information technology topics | mHealth | Web 2.0

The iPhone5 was released in 2012, and said to be the thinnest, lightest, fastest iPhone ever. It includes an iSight camera and a screen that is .5 inch wider. Given a reliance on visual information in medicine, the iPhone5 will be very useful in their overall management of information and in their clinical practices. Comparisons of features from previous iPhones suggests the iPhone5 is very similar to the iPhone4S and iPhone4. In addition, Samsung's Galaxy III is already said to have many of the same features as the iPhone 5. That aside, the new iPhone is 18% thinner and 20% lighter than previous models. Its camera has the same resolution as the iPhone 4S, but takes pictures faster and works better in low light. The first iPhone was released in 2007, and with this sixth generation smartphone, Apple is averaging a new version every year.

The release of the iPhone5 means that physicians and other health professionals are moving closer and closer to a paperless, money-less and office-less workspace or information practice. Consequently, the ethics, safety and privacy issues introduced by the iGeneration are of paramount interest and debate in medicine. To keep current with new information and applications for the Apple's iPhone5, see specialty website iMedicalapps | the leading physician publication on mobile medicine & this post: Top Ten Medical Uses of the iPhone

Attn: Smartphones are everywhere and there is an explosion of apps for productivity, research, reading, and studying. Librarians can better serve their communities by having expertise in mobile technologies. Learn all you can about the best apps for library users, including Evernote, Dropbox, Instapaper, iBooks, Kindle and GoodReader.

Why bother with an iPhone?

  • Smartphones have the potential to reduce barriers to evidence-based practices, and to improve communication between physicians and their patients, even remotely.
  • One of the concerns expressed about using smartphones for clinical rounds in hospitals is their potential to distract clinicians from focusing on patients and their complaints.
  • There is a growing movement in some hospitals to write formal policies governing appropriate smartphone and iPad use during inpatient rounds.
  • According to Mosa et al (2012), smartphones are used in evidence-based medicine at point-of-care and are important in education, disease management and remote patient monitoring
  • Many health professionals say smartphones are critical to the future of medical practice (See Smartphones Becoming Integral Tools for Health Care Providers, Medical Students).
  • Early reports from those who have an iPhone5 say it is another leap ahead in functionality; others say it's not much different than the previous iPhones.
  • For information about the iPhone in Canada 800px-Flag of Canada.svg.png, see http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/. Voice and data plans are available via Rogers, Telus, and Bell.

Apple iPhone 5

The new Apple iPhone5 has some great features:

  • iPhone5 is 7.6 millimeters thin; 8-hour battery, fastest, lightest (specifications)
  • Storage is 16GB, 32GB or 64GB; 1136 x 640 pixels (326ppi)
  • IPS Retina Display; iSight camera
  • LTE (long term evolution) standard for wireless communication of high-speed data
  • Better voicemail, widest screen multi-touch technology, simple, diamond sculpted
  • Functions as iPod with speakers; sort music by tapping & flipping through album covers
  • Improved camera, light & autofocus; records at 30 frames-per-second, edit on your phone

{{#ev:youtube|xNsGNlDb6xY|300|right}} As applications are assessed by physicians, health librarians should also take steps to evaluate them (Kim, 2011). See apps in video above such as asthma tracker, diabetic diary, online stethoscope and Epocrates (see also website). Some apps are free, like Epocrates, but others offer paid versions with extra features.

App evaluation & pathfinders

Basic information & social media

More basic apps


Reading journals

Clinical decision-making

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Clinical support


Medical reference

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Study tools

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Medical schools and medical library websites

A number of American medical schools and libraries have developed 'optimized' versions of their library websites, see Medical sites for mobiles & ...

Unbound Medicine & the iPhone

Unbound Medicine (also uCentral) is one of the few medical information tools creating iPhone-optimized texts for titles such as the Merck Manual, Harrison's and Pocket Guide to Diagnostic Tests, 5-Minute Clinical Consult, Red Book® from the American Academy of Pediatrics, Davis's Drug Guide and Taber's. (See list of titles). Unbound MEDLINE takes advantage of a built-in Safari™ browser for wifi. Users navigate by tapping or entering terms to see information about diseases, drug monographs for dosing, interactions and adverse effects, etc. See http://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline


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