TechTool Thursday 034

TechTool review of PalmEM by PalmER Worldwide LLC on iOS  and Android

Last year I reviewed PalmEM’s younger sibling PalmPedi and I really liked it.  PalmEM includes the PalmPedi content, and aims to cover everything you might need to know about Emergency Medicine).  Is that really possible?  It just might be.

Website: - iTunes - Android - Website

Design

  • Simple, clean and lovely.  As with any text-based app, it is difficult to make it interesting for the user.  But this app does it as best as any I’ve seen.  The text is clearly readable with no distractions, but there are a few nice little flourishes.  The tab icons and the tables that the text is presented in look great.
  • And the user interface works a treat.  It’s simple, you never get lost and it never crashes.  Couldn’t ask for more

User Interface

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Clinical Content

  • There is so much in here I don’t know where to begin.  The app really seems to cover everything.
  • It has treatment guidelines, clinical decision rules, drug dosing, and a fabulous paediatric section.
  • The sections are detailed enough to be informative, but concise enough to fit into mobile format.
  • And the developer of this updates the app regularly with new content.
  • Could I enthuse about this any more???

Cost

  • $20.99 on iPhone
  • $19.99 on Android
  • Not cheap but is a good investment.
  • PalmPedi is only $2.99 so would be a good option if you’re just PEM

Room for Improvement

  • It doesn’t type my discharge letters?

Overall

  • Well, I love this app.  It is the most comprehensive ED app I have come across, and unlike most others, the paeds section is wonderful too.  PalmEM (along with Drug Doses) are the two medical app on my mobile’s main page.  I use it all the time and it is worth the money.
  • To be put in the draw just comment below and suggest a new app for me to review.  I’ll keep it open for one week and announce the winners in next week’s TechTool Thursday
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  1. says

    Hi Tessa

    Dunno if you’ve done already, but might be worth reviewing some of the Sim packages out there -- useful for all EM types

    The MBS guide from Vaper is useful too -- for those FACEMs who work in private EDs….

    Love a promo code…

  2. Chris Cole says

    Addendum: Suffers from Americanish unit-impairedness, and some of the guidelines/recommended management options are not necessarily #FOAMed-bleeding-edge current, but overall is quite a nice little compendium of the greatest hits of a very large chunk of our core business.

  3. Tom K says

    Would love to get a free promo code to check it out. It does appear to have an impressive breadth of information compared to many of the more focused apps.

  4. says

    Sounds like a great app. It would be a nice reference for clerkship next year but a bit steep of a price for the student budget! The draw for free promo code is awesome, sign me up!

    Suggestions for apps to review are:

    MedCalc https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/medcalc-pro-medical-calculator/id384650532?mt=8
    MD on Call https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/md-on-call-practical-guide/id333195169?mt=8
    Any of the CPR apps like CPR Tempo https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/cpr-tempo/id525695057?mt=8

  5. Amy says

    I’ve considered this app, but balked at the price. I may reconsider.

    Have you reviewed SafeDose yet? Great app if you have to draw up your own meds!

  6. Doug Spaeth says

    two very nice apps for android (think also ios)
    SafeDose Pro (made by the brosleow tape guy)
    Pedistat (application color coded like the broselow tape…)

    Bot pretty inexpensive

    Look forward to trying this app you reviewed. Please send promo code…

    //Doug//

  7. Pablo says

    hi tessa.
    sounds like a very useful tool.
    i recently (fortunately) found the Philips US Edu app. a great app to guide those starting to learn and practice bedside US in acute settings. i think it deserves a techtool review.
    cheers.

  8. Sally Evans says

    Hi there Mike,

    Looks like a great app. Thanks for your TechTool Thursday blog. It is always eagerly anticipated, then shared with my ICU & ED colleagues.

    I have a couple of app suggestions for you. The first is a series of truly wonderful tools for teaching patients and clinicians. DrawMD is a free series apps that enables you to demonstrate anatomy and procedures through drawing on anatomical pictures. I often use this in ED & our ICU pre-admission clinic to show clinicians and patients what goes where!
    The second is a browser download that enables users to access Flash on iPhone or iPad. The Puffin browser is $2.99 from the App Store, and is fast, responsive and easy to navigate. It has changed my life!!!

    Kind regards,
    Sally Evans
    ICU Liaison Nurse Consultant &
    Critical Care Nurse Educator
    Bendigo Health
    Victoria
    Sent from my iPad

  9. Andrew Walker says

    Might be a bit simple for a whole post, but every ED doc ought to have a snellen chart on their iPhone.

  10. Kim H says

    Looks great! Am new to your blog so apologies if you have done these but WikiEM, Pepid 10 second EM and Overdose are my best suggestions for app reviews.

  11. SEvans says

    Looks like a great app. Thanks for your TechTool Thursday blog. It is always eagerly anticipated, then shared with my ICU & ED colleagues. We are including a TechSec on our newsletter.

    I have a couple of app suggestions for you.

    The first is a series of truly wonderful tools for teaching patients and clinicians. (http://www.drawmd.com/)

    This free series enables you to demonstrate anatomy and procedures through drawing on anatomical pictures. I often use this in ED & our ICU pre-admission clinic to show clinicians and patients what goes where! I find it takes some of the fear factor out for patients. It also comes in Cardiology, Orthopaedic & General Surgery. I use this all the time in my roles as ICU Liaison nurse consultant and Critical Care Nurse educator in ICU & ED. Very useful.

    The second suggestion is one I just discovered last week, and I am keen to spread the word! (http://www.puffinbrowser.com/). Have you ever been cruising around online and discovered a great site only to discover that you need Flash to see the awesome images included within? Do you lament the fact that Apple & Adobe can’t get it together for the sake of humanity (& FOAMED)? Lament no more! for a small price ($2.99) you can download the Puffin browser, and Flash is enabled. Magic!

    Simply use Puffin just like any other web browser. It is fast, responsive & easy to navigate. this may be old news to you Mike, but I have only just discovered this simple yet awesome creation. How did I not know about this before???

    I hope you find these sites useful.
    I really hope you did not know about them already and you are so excited that you want to share them with the LITFL community and the world.
    I really, really hope that I have earnt a free promo code for PalmEM. It looks like a great app for using in my daily practice at the coalface.

  12. arnoldpf says

    Check out PEPID (if you have not done so already). I think it is probably more comprehensive than this but the price is much higher. Much. I do like the interface on PalmEM. And you can’t beat the name which harks back to days of yore when mobiles were made by … Palm

  13. Atul Dhital says

    I would like to be in the Draw for the promotional code as 20 bucks seems a lot for me during the residency year, may be OK once a consultant.

    another useful app to consider is WikEM and Pedi Safe
    both are on the I phone app centre and are good for day to day work

  14. Mark D says

    Something I have used in the ED is the 10 second EM app. I have it for Android. Check it out and let me know what you think .

    Thanks for all the great content on your site

  15. Chow CT says

    Hi, may I suggest you to review EP Mobile, an android app mainly for cardiology and my beloved Medical Phrase Translator series by Robert Theis (also an android app). Both are free android apps. The latter really useful for me working in Malaysia, a multiracial country with many foreign workers from Vietnam, Myanmar and Bangladesh. I can at least get some short history and communicate with them using this app. Simply love it!

    Would love to have your promo codes! :)

  16. Carlos Donoso says

    Looks good. Apps that I think usefull for my EM residency and worth a review are:

    10 seconds EM, easy and simple tool
    ABG interpreter, fast and easy calculation for acid base state
    Anestesiologo, fast calculation for a looot of drugs
    Qx Calculator EM edition, Not too complete, but fast and easy
    Standford guide, really good guide for antimicrobial therapy, posology, etc
    MedPage Today, medscape and Academic EM, for updates in different fields of EM

    I also use Pedi Safe some time a go, and I really like it.

    It would be nice to get a promo code to try this app, but nevertheless, all the content in the website is more than usefull and really appreciated.

  17. says

    Thanks for promo code

    Downloaded it, is useful…but pricey in the app workd

    Cheal as chips compared to a textbook and far more useful

    A bottle of wine costs more. Spend the dough…

    But thanks for free promo code,

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