Medical device companies arming their sales forces with iPads: MedGadget contributors noticed at RSNA that almost all of the roving packs of salespeople were equipped with Apple Inc. (NSDQ:AAPL) iPads to give spontaneous PowerPoint presentations, which they would at a moment’s provocation. And now The Wall Street Journal has written about it, so apparently this is a real thing. Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT), Medtronic Inc. (NYSE:MDT) and Boston Scientific Corp. (NYSE:BSX) are some of device firms equipping their sales staff with the shiny little tablet pc’s.
From the WSJ:
There appears to be something of an iPad arms race in the $200 billion medical-devices sector. Heart-device maker Boston Scientific recently bought 2,000 for its sales team, and orthopedics company Zimmer Holdings Inc. is rolling out more than 1,000 of the tablets. Stryker Corp., a Zimmer rival, said it has deployed iPads “and a number of applications” in a pilot program.
iMedicalApps ranks top 20 free medical iPhone apps: The folks at iMedicalApps have done a thorough review of the latest medical apps for the iPhone platform and created a list of the top 20 offerings you can download for free right now. The publication’s editors — a practicing physician, resident physician, and 4th year medical student — sifted through over 1,000 free medical apps to create the list.
Epocrates launches full Android version: Medical reference software Epocrates is now fully supporting Google’s (NSDQ:GOOG) Android mobile platform. Epocrates is considered by many to be the premier software package for handheld devices, featuring tables and images about various disease states as well as medical calculators, and of course, a complete drug reference. However, until now, users of the Android platform had to settle for the watered down Epocrates Rx. Now, the company’s flagship product, Epocrates Essentials, is available on Android. The most used feature is the medication monographs, which includes dosages, black box warnings, adverse reactions, pharmacology, pricing and even pill pictures. It also has a feature that provides information about insurance coverage for medications.
Nuance launches physician dictation iPhone app: Nuance Communications Inc. (NSDQ:NUAN) launched Dragon Medical Mobile Recorder, a dictation app for iPhone, iPod Touches. The clinical documentation application enables mobile point-of-care dictation that is connected to speech-enabled transcription platforms, eScription and Dictaphone Enterprise Speech System, and the copmany’s outsourced transcription service, according to Nuance.
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“Countess Bucquoi and Her iPad, after Élisabeth-Louise Vigée-LeBrun” image by Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com acquired on Flickr.