There are a growing number of invaluable apps for carcinoid cancer patients and physicians who own iPhones, Droids, or a BlackBerry. Whether you are looking for a way to store personal medical information, find emergency phone numbers in more than 130 countries, have quick access to over 60,000 ICD-10 diagnosis codes, getting the latest cancer information from CURE magazine, or remembering where you parked your car at the airport when you travel for medical treatments, there’s an app for you.
Store your medical information on your BlackBerry with Emergency Info ($2.99). In case of an emergency, physicians, paramedics and nurses can access the app and review your personal information, including your emergency contacts, current medical conditions, your past surgery history, etc. It’s like having a MedicAlert bracelet on your phone.
Another BlackBerry app for emergencies is In Case of Emergency (ICE). This free app has saved lives. It provides EMTs with critical personal and medical data: your name, who to contact, important notification telephone numbers, blood type, allergies, your physician’s name and number, the meds you take, existing medical conditions – even the name of your health insurer, so you get the medical attention you need immediately.
A similar app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users is My Medical ($1.99). Store an entire medical history for as many people as you wish. An invaluable resource for filling out forms at the doctor’s office; organizing medications and their doses, side effects and related information; sending your medical information to a doctor; when someone else must access your medical information or contacts in an emergency; or when you need to know medical information about family members or friends. Available in English, French, and Spanish.
For physicians who need a quick reference to ICD-10 diagnosis codes, Stat ICD-10 Coder is a free iPhone app. Over 60,000 ICD-10-CM descriptions from the latest data sets published by CMS are available for quick retrieval by disease classification in a drill down format with no typing.
Are you traveling to another country for medical treatments, business, or pleasure? Emergency Dial! ($.99) is an Android app that uses GPS to automatically contact the local emergency number wherever you are. Includes choice of fire, medical, or police emergency in over 130 countries. Safe travels!
Get the latest cancer information from CURE on your iPhone or iPad for free. CURE Magazine is a free publication for cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers. By empowering patients with informative articles on medical, psychosocial, and practical issues, CURE takes them from diagnosis to survivorship.
NCCN Guidelines is a free Android app for registered users of NCCN.org (National Comprehensive Cancer Network) giving mobile access to the complete library of NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines™). There is no fee to register on NCCN.org or to view the NCCN Guidelines™.
Quest Diagnostics Care360 Mobile is an iPhone and iTouch app that can also be used on a BlackBerry and Android phone (additional Care360 modules are required) that is HIPAA compliant and enables physicians to manage their caseloads anytime, anywhere. View patients’ lab results and medication history, add notes for follow-up and mark as reviewed, and prescribe and respond to renewal requests.
Cancer News is a free Android app dedicated to bringing patients and their families the latest news and information on cancer diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
Emergency Medical Spanish Guide Lite (EMSG) is a tool designed for non-Spanish speaking health care professionals to quickly ascertain vital medical information. Over 250,000 downloads. This is a free app for Androids.
For travelers, here are some great apps that will help you at the airport and when seeking airport hotels and car rentals.
Forgot where you parked? Find My Car with AR is a free app for iPhone users that uses GPS location services to help you find your car. You will never forget where you parked. Car Locator ($3.99) is a similar locator for Android users.
If you are in New York and traveling from JFK, here’s a terrific website to help you find a parking space. Go to SmartPark JFK .com from your mobile phone and reserve a parking spot so that you don’t waste time looking for a space.
You’re at the airport and looking for a place to get coffee, find a book to read as you travel or to buy a gift. Gate Guru is a free app that helps you locate the best food, shopping and service options at more than 115 airports in the United States, Canada, and Europe.
MyTSA is an iPhone app or a Mobile Web app that helps you determine security wait times, let’s you know what you can and can’t bring and whether you can pack it in a carry-on or checked bag, get travel tips on airline travel, and more.
Need to shop for and book last minute, same-day hotel and car rental reservations? If you are an iPhone or Android user, Orbitz is a free app.
For more airport apps, there is an excellent article by Michelle Higgins, Airport Apps Put You First in Line, published in the New York Times, December 10, 2010.
And for carcinoid patients who would like to use the zebra theme on their smartphones, here are some wallpaper apps, cases and covers:
For BlackBerry – Free Zebra Print Photo Frame Theme
For iPhone — Zebra Print iPhone Cases and Covers