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Restatement of the group's idea

Our proposed idea is to help general physicians to get advices from medical specialists from other fields.

List of related applications



The target user group includes all medical professionals, unlike that we only target at general physicians. MEDITECH 6.0 provides patient database that can be accessed anywhere with internet. The information is stored on the server not the mobile device itself to ensure security. Almost everything about an patient is included in this database, like "vital signs, medications, lab results, allergies, nurses' notes, therapy results, and even information about patient diet." ( It is a comprehensive patient medical records; things such as specialists' reports or radiographic images can all be retrieved and viewed. This is a very powerful database but it doe not seem to include a forum-like function where a doctor can ask opinions and get feedback from other doctors in a discussion-board style. Security of MEDITECH is ensured, and our proposed idea should also look more into how to make an application more secure since no patient data should be stored in a local mobile device. With an online medical record database like MEDITECH 6.0, doctors can enter the patient symptoms from an easier input device like a keyboard with a desktop computer, while other doctors can retrieve information from their phones on the go. Besides Doylestown Hospital, which starts incorporate iPhones into the medical staff, here is a list of hospitals in the United States that are using MEDITECH 6.0:

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Text Revision

The target user group of this application is physicians, which is exactly the same as the target user group in our proposed idea. The application provides diagnostic tool to help the doctors diagnose and take care of a patient. It includes "associated features, culture, age, and gender features, prevalence, course, and familial pattern of mental disorders." ( This application is a local reference tool that does not access the doctor social network for help. A local reference tool can be obtained from other than mobile devices, but for advices or opinions from real doctors, a mobile device will be suitable because doctors are always on the move.

Differential Diagnosis from the BMJ Group

The target user group includes medical professionals that might encounter into symptoms or disease that they cannot diagnose. The target user group highly matches ours. This application combines both diagnosis helper and a reference of diseases. The diagnosis helper includes pictures and informations of possible test results of certain symptoms. It also categorizes diseases into common and uncommon ones. Our proposed idea also aims for helping diagnosis, but the approach is different. Instead of consulting an existing guide, our proposed idea seeks beyond rigid suggestions from data that gives no feedback or further discussions.

The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy

Skyscape has many softwares for medical professionals on various platforms, and this one is aimed for physicians specifically, which is exactly the same as our target user group. This application has detailed word description of each disease with highlight of keywords. It also demonstrates graphs to help physicians determine, for example, the ratio of body area. It also features a calculating system to enter information like heart rate and temperature to calculate Apache II score. But again, this application is also referenced-based, unlike the social network in our proposed idea, although a list of symptoms to select besides just text description of a patient might improve the efficiency of our proposed idea. This application may help determine cases that have obvious symptoms, but for cases that are ambiguous, the physician must seek help from other sources. In our proposed idea, physicians can get help from real people.

Medical Terminology and Abbreviations Quick Reference

The target user group is medical doctors or students who need to look up prefixes, stem words, or suffixes of medical terminologies. The target user group includes general physicians but is mu ch broader. This application allows the user to look up a medical term quickly and perhaps learn the prefixes, suffixes or abbreviation of medical terms. This application provides quick reference of terminology but it does not necessarily help a doctor to diagnose a symptom, while our proposed idea is to seek advice of diagnosis from real doctors instead of looking up terms from a reference. One of the successes of this application is to help users to find out what medical terms another doctor is using and clear the confusion, and one of the challenges is that the number of data is insufficient and it does not help a general physician to conclude a patient's symptom, while our proposed idea allows general physicians to get help from other medical experts.

Taber’s Medical Dictionary

The target user group of Taber's Medical Dictionary includes medical professions and general public who would want to look up a symptom. The target user group is broader than ours. There are great details with both descriptions and photos of a symptom to help users to gain knowledge and diagnose. Looking up reference in a dictionary is quite different from getting advices from real people. The references do not have ability to determine or solve a problem, but our proposed idea can gather opinions from specialists who have years of experiences. One of the successes is that this application provides a reference guide if a doctor want to look up a symptom to make a diagnosis decision, but some downfalls of this application include that a doctor can probably look up from a more complete reference like a book or from a desktop computer. Our proposed idea is best to be based on a mobile device because doctors are generally always on the move and are hard to get hold of sometimes. By gathering experiences and opinions from other experts, our proposed idea can help a general physician to determine a symptom more accurately.

ECG Guide

The target user group of ECG Guide includes medical professions who need to read ECG graphs, which might be slightly different from just general physicians; general physicians probably do not have ECG device in their clinic or workplace and even if they do need ECG graph to diagnosis, there should be specialist who would take care of the readings. ECG guide provides quiz-like environment for specialists to sharpen their knowledge and also help them to interpret an ECG reading. The challenges of this application is that there are probably many references that are nearby for an ECG specialist to look at. Our proposed idea is not providing a fixed guide, but an alive and fluid brain power that can not be acquired from the book shelf.

Rosen and Barkin's 5-Minute Emergency Medicine Consult

This application targets general medical professionals, emergency practitioners, and medical students. This application provides up-to-date information of disorders, diagnosis and new treatments. In time-sensitive cases, the doctors might not have time to wait for feedbacks from other doctors, and a quick reference can help in this situation. Perhaps in our proposed idea, we can add indications of how urgent a case is, so the most urgent cases can get feedback the fastest.

Archimedes 360°™

The application targets medical professions, which is broader than just general physicians. This application provides a calculator of about 200 medical values to help diagnosis a patient. This function perhaps does not necessarily to be on a mobile device; it can also be put just on the desktop computers. The local formula reference can help determine a disease but it does not help seeking advices from other doctors.

Labs 360°™

This application's target user group is physicians or general healthcare provider, which is similar to our target user group in the proposed idea. Lab 360 provides information of what the values mean in a given test and the significance of the test, which is a great help for diagnosis. The database of this application is constantly updated. However, if the result of a test is ambiguous, the doctors would still need to make decision on their own instead of providing a forum where opinions from other doctors can be seen.


Most of the applications I found are local references that do not take advantages of the internet and the social network of doctors. MEDITECH 6.0 is definitely a very powerful application that allow doctors to access the patient medical records from anywhere that has the internet, while our proposed idea can focus on the forum-like discussion board that doctors can seek help in diagnosis and shared opinions instead of just browsing the medical records. The reputation of each doctors and the degree of urgency of each patient case can also be implemented into our proposed idea. Security is also another issue that our team should consider in the future.

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