Augmented Reality App for Moles

DoctorMole is an mobile application that has been around for Android for a wh

ile, but is now available for iOS as well. DoctorMole uses augmented reality (here is a basic overview of augmented reality) to give realtime feedback on Asymmetry, Border, Color, Diameter and Risk (ABCDE). After it has made an initial analysis of the mole, it allows you to save the image, to see if the mole has any change in the future.

At each stage of the ABCDE approach, DoctorMole explains the information in basic terms which can also aid in patient education, and enable patients to recognize potential moles that need expert analysis. The app is free in the Android Market, and cost $3.99 for iOS.

For more information on DoctorMole, please visit



Brainstorm, an online neurosurgical CME resource

Brainstorm logoBrainstorm, from Methodist University Hospital Brain and Spine Institute’s Neurovascular and Brain Tumor Board, now offers a more exciting and interactive way to earn CME credit. Watch as a variety of experts discuss unusual neurosurgical cases and focus on cutting-edge treatments for brain tumors and neurovascular intervention.


  • Free, but registration is required
  • Physicians can submit their own cases for review
  • Free CME credit
  • Interesting, live discussions on the most up to date treatment in neurosurgical procedures


  • It takes a whole minute to receive your confirmation email after registering
  • No mobile interface (but still not impossible to view on smartphone)

Check out the resource and let us know what you think,

Clinical Foundations Presentation

Recently, the MS III went through a Clinical Foundations course. Below you can find the slides from the Knowledge Management sessions. If you have any questions or comments, please email Eric Willman.

Find Resources for Evidence Based Practice

A variety of resources are available to meet the needs of evidence based practice.

Databases & Resources

For a complete list of EBM/EBP resources, visit the Databases by Subject.

Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice

Glucose Buddy App as Diabetes Monitoring Tool

The Glucose Buddy application gives diabetic patients the ability to record their glucose levels, meals, and medication usage. The applications interface is designed to be simple and provide the users with simple options. These options include aras to add logs for SMBG, medications, diet, reminders, and user information.

Glucose Buddy Homescreen

Users Can graph all of their information, from the logs created by the data entered. The graph only displays the trends of High, Average, and Low BG levels. It does not display the time of BG levels or the high low levels where noted. One downfall of the application is that the data is only available in the log option, and that data cannot be emailed or sent to providers.


  • Free – Displays Ads
  • $3.99 – BP and Weight Add-On
  • $3.99 – Remove Ads
  • $12.99 – Multi-device Cross Connectivity

More Information:

HipaaCat facilitates HIPAA compliant communication

HipaaCat is a new mobile app for Android and iPhone that enables secure, encrypted HIPAA compliant communication for text messages and images through mobile devices. The service requires strong passwords, entered daily, and deletes any information sent through the application after two weeks.

There are three different versions of the app, for Chiefs, Residents, and Nurses, each with their own functionality which allow users to work together as a secure group, with permissions given from the team leader.

Read more information on the app at medGadget and view a short video introduction on HippaCat. Read medGadget article.

MedlinePlus and Patient Information

What is it?

MedlinePlus is a website designed for computer and mobile based browsing. It is produced by the National Institutes of Health’s, and the National Library of Medicine, and was developed for their patients and their families and friends.

Why use it?

MedlinePlus brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in a manner that your patient will understand. Produced in both English and Spanish, MedlinePlus provides a unique information resource for a large patient population. The information is reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free. Information is broken down into the group of health information, drugs & supplements, and health related videos.


Mobile AccessMedicine for Clinicians

We previously mentioned the wide variety of full-text ebooks available to clinicians through Stat!Ref Mobile.  A number of additional key reference works can be accessed on-the-go using the mobile version of one of our most popular clinician databases, AccessMedicine.  Resources available through Mobile AccessMedicine include:

  • Harrison’s Online (Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine)
  • Clinician’s Pocket Reference: The Scut Monkey
  • Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Current Practice Guidelines in Primary Care
  • Diagnosaurus (differential diagnosis & etiology reference)
  • Drug monographs
  • Pocket Guide to Diagnostic Tests
  • Quick Answers

To use Mobile AccessMedicine, first set up an AccessMedicine Personal Profile. Health Science Center students, faculty and staff can use this link to do so.  Once an account has been created, simply go to on your mobile device and log in with your Personal Profile username and password.

Online health information supports traditional care

A new study suggests that patients increasingly look to the internet for both support and for health information, but do so in addition to traditional resources. The study found that patients are using the internet to connect with others who share their situations and to find information on health topics which they then share with their doctors. These patients still rely on traditional support structures, such as family, and their trust in their doctor is unaffected. Patients using online research bring the information to their doctors to ask questions and learn more, demonstrating a more active role in their own care.

Read more about the study at Medical News Today.

Other studies in the past few years have come up with similar results. You can read some of them on Pubmed:

  1. Lingering questions and doubts: online information-seeking of support forum members following their medical visits. [PMID: 21315538]
  2. Impact of internet use on health-related behaviors and the patient-physician relationship: a survey-based study and review. [PMID: 19075034]
  3. Informed citizen and empowered citizen in health: results from an European survey. [PMID: 21496309]

Stat!Ref Mobile

Stat!Ref Mobile IconNow, if you register through the library, you can obtain access to the full text of dozens of medical reference books for free from one single mobile app: Stat!Ref Mobile for iPhone, iPad, Android, and BlackBerry.  Here’s how:

  1. Download and install the app using the following links:
  2. Log into the UT Health Science Center Libraries’ subscription to Stat!Ref, either on-campus or off-campus.
  3. In the upper right area of the Stat!Ref main page, click “Your Preferences”.
  4. Log in using your Stat!Ref Preferences username and password; if you have not yet created a Stat!Ref Preferences account, fill out the form to create one.
  5. Once you have created your Stat!Ref Preferences account, click on the “Temporary Login Account” tab.
  6. Click the “Activate/Renew” button to get access to Stat!Ref Mobile for three months.
  7. Open the app on your mobile device, and log in using the username and password you created or used in step 4 above.
  8. Explore Stat!Ref Mobile! Your access is good for 3 months, after which you can repeat steps 2-7 above to renew your access.

Stat!Ref Mobile gives you on-the-go access to a wide variety of titles, including:

  • ACP PIER (Physicians’ Information and Education Resource)
  • CPT 2012
  • Merck Manual of Diagnosis & Therapy
  • Stedman’s Medical Dictionary
  • Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary

…as well as key titles in specialties such as dermatology, emergency medicine, family medicine, geriatrics,  nursing, oncology, orthopedics, pediatrics, surgery, and more.

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