Electronic Preventive Services Selector (ePSS)
What is ePSS?
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has developed an Electronic Preventive Services Selector (ePSS), as a free, quick, hands-on tool designed to help primary care clinicians and health care teams identify, prioritize, and offer the screening, counseling, and preventive medication services that are appropriate for their patients. The ePSS is based on the current, evidence-based recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and can be searched by specific patient characteristics such as age, sex, and selected behavioral risk factors. The ePSS is available on both a web-based platform and as a downloadable app. Installation instructions can be found here: http://epss.ahrq.gov/PDA/index.jsp
By simply entering your patient’s characteristics, such as age, sex, and selected behavioral risk factors, you can view a list of all the recommendations matching the criteria entered. Results are then grouped according to graded recommendations by the USPSTF.
ePSS includes useful tools for implementing recommendations into practice. Tools include screeners, patient education brochures, risk assessment tools, calculators, and clinical recommendation summaries. Users can browse by topic, save searches, get automatic recommendation updates, and even email & print their recommendations or saved searches.
Solve the Outbreak – CDC
What is it?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a new iPad app called “Solve the Outbreak”, allowing scientists and gamers alike to play disease detective. The app lets users assume the role of a disease outbreak investigator in the agency’s Epidemic Intelligence Service by navigating a few fictional outbreaks based on real-life events. Users will get clues, review data, and make decisions to determine the cause of the outbreak.
In the game, participants will also get health tips, definitions, and general information about epidemiology (the science used to investigate outbreaks and to monitor patterns, causes, and effects of diseases on the public). The “Solve the Outbreak” app is available in the iTunes store: https://itunes.apple.com/US/app/id592485067
For more information check out the CDC Press Release here: http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2013/p0220_ipad_app.html
Read by QxMD
What is Read by QxMD?
Read by QxMD provides a customizable, simple interface to discover new research and provide seamless access to medical literature. Essentially, Read by QxMD creates a personalized digital medical journals, allowing you to keep up with the latest research and access full text PDFs with one tap.
- Browse through 1000s of topic reviews
- Keep up with the latest new research that will impact your practice
- Get full text PDFs with one tap
- Browse through 100s of topic reviews
- Read your favorite journals
- Share articles with colleagues over email and other social medias
- Organize and review your personal collection of articles
As of March 1, 2013, Ready by QxMD is only available in the iTunes store: https://itunes.apple.com/app/read-by-qxmd/id574041839?ls=1&mt=8
Calculate by QxMD
What is Calculate by QxMD?
A next generation clinical calculator and decision support tool for iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry, and is freely available to the medical community. Calculate by QxMD is focused on highlighting tools that are actually useful in clinical practice and serve to impact diagnosis, treatment, or determine prognosis. The basic idea behind Calculate by QxMD is that it is helping you make decisions, not just calculate numbers. Calculate by QxMD has also been featured as one of the top ten iPhone medical apps for physicians and residents.
- Point-of-care tools in the areas of cardiology, internal medicine, nephrology, general practice, hematology, gastroenterology, emergency medicine, oncology, orthopedics, respirology, neurology, neurosurgery, general surgery, and obstetrics.
- Converts recent research publications into practical handheld tools – knowledge translation at its best
- Automatically adapts to your self-described clinical practice
- Unique “Question Flow” technology gets you answers fast!
- Detailed references with PubMed integration
- More than 150 Unique calculators and Decision Support Tools
As of March 1, 2013, Calculate by QxMD is available for iPhones, iPads, Android devices, and Blackberry devices. http://www.qxmd.com/apps/calculate-by-qxmd