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    Hi Guys,

    I am at a cross-roads here thinking what I should do with MediPDA. I haven't added new modules of late since I have been rather busy with app creating using Ares. In fact I now exclusively code in Ares as it's appropriate for rather simple apps which I can come out with, easy to debug and generally fun.
    I could import MediPDA into Ares and then continue from there on, but from my personal experience I don't really use all the modules, just a few.
    I am thinking that I should break up the modules and then expand on individual ones e.g. a more elaborate GFR app with all the difference GFR methodologies.

    Some user feedback would be appreciated.

    Thanks
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    it's probably better to have it as one app rather than individual modules. At some point the number of "apps" would become a sore sight on my pre launcher pages.
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    OK point taken. I have moved MediPDA over to Ares and will take it from there. Hopefully there won't be glitches as it will be a hybrid SDK/Ares app (like Drugview). Will do the same for OncoPDA. But I think certain modules should be standalone. Some are quite "big" like the recent NIH Stroke Scale, with visual aids and what not, so they are better off as standalone apps.
    Would like to hear what others think.
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    by the way, THANK YOU! for making so many medical apps for webOS.
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    Thanks. Dosecalcfree just approved in the app catalog
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    I like a collection of calculators, too, a la MedCalc on PalmOS. One-Stop calculating! MediPDA almost has all of them that I would like.

    Ones that I would still like to see:

    Bishop Score
    Serum Osmolality

    Bayseian analysis (I know it isn't that useful, but it is kind of cool to be able to do once in a while

    Creatinine Clearance - measured.
    I know it is lame, but our lab makes us do the math. This is actually about the only calculator I still use MedCalc in PalmOS for, as I have quite a few diabetics, and few nephrologists that are an hour away. Patients hate going to see them to just be told "see me again in a year".

    Parkland Formula for fluid replacement after burns. I rarely use it, but it is a nice one to have at hand in a rural hospital, especially when the weather is too bad for immediate transfer.
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    You are a serious WebOS Warrior Doc!

    I just tried out your Dose Calculator program. Very slick. I like the way different doses can be Favorited. While EMR's are nice, they are also not very good at common-sense. I can prevent a late-night phone call by prescribing 4mL of Azithromycin that the tired single-mom is giving qd after work at 1am, instead of 3.7mL that the EMR puts in... but when I am tired, I sure want to make sure I get the shift right!

    Is there any way that you could get English measurements in there for those of in in the States (and presumably UK)? That would be icing on the cake, as less in-head conversions is less chance for errors.
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    UK has already gone metric. I'll come out with an updated one for you yanks who refuse to change
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    Apparently, it has something to do with resisting communism, socialism, and several other isms...

    It is an annoying hybrid system, medically. Infant outcomes - all based in weight in grams.

    Doses - mg/kg/d or mg/minute or mg/BSA in meters.

    Fever guidelines - Degrees Celsius

    Vitals by nurse, and what patients want to hear: Fahrenheit, inches, and pounds!

    Our EMRs convert, but that takes extra steps to find.

    But we know best, because we ain't commie socialist Canadians (or substitute the rant country of the day). We also lose houses more to medical bill foreclosures than any other single reason. The old highway robbery "your money or your life" routine, is illegal in most venues, but not when you have cancer, etc. But we know best!

    OK - back to my charts, and thanks again for all your work.
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    With freedom to choose comes great chaos
    PS uploaded doscalcfree v 1.2.0 with ibs/ins option waiting for update to be approved in the app catalog.
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    appreciate the changes. Found my Pre. Will try out now. I still like using my Pre calculators best for weekend call or when I fill in for our hospitalist (compared to my Android with 5MCC and Epocrates on it)
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    FWIW, I have decided to do a complete re-write of the app (MediPDA) in Ares. It would be easier for me to update now that I am more familiar with Ares than doing it in Eclipse by hand, and the debugging is so much easier too in Ares.
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    One suggestion I have that would greatly improve the user interface (if it's not to difficult to do), is to have the devider for each category of calculations to collapse/expand with an arrow, in a similar fashion to the app "Fliq Notes" or the main UI for the e-mail app which shows the Favorites and all available mailboxes.

    Also, the option for the user to set up a "Favorites" category would be nice also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by palmdoc2005 View Post
    Hi Guys,
    I could import MediPDA into Ares and then continue from there on, but from my personal experience I don't really use all the modules, just a few.
    I am thinking that I should break up the modules and then expand on individual ones e.g. a more elaborate GFR app with all the difference GFR methodologies.

    Some user feedback would be appreciated.

    Thanks
    I'm not a user but I had a question about this approach. Could you have a master application that launched the various modules and have modules that could be downloaded and added to the main app without these requiring a launcher icon? In other words - create the modular model but make it appear to be a single application. I don't develop in webOS (or at all really for the past 20 years) and so this may be a silly question - if so forgive me.
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    Thanks for all your suggestions. In the long run, "in the coming months" I intend to re-write the app.
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    Great app first off! Thanks for continuing to develop on the platform that put PDA/smartphones on the map in part with the medical community's loyalty.
    One small request: any hope for an opioid conversion tool?
    I too vote for a single app, rather than separate modules BTW...
    Be well!
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    I want to echo both points.

    Thank you for all ur hard work. It makes a huge difference to me every day.

    Also the addition of a opioid calc would be great.

    Quote Originally Posted by bradmlewis View Post
    Great app first off! Thanks for continuing to develop on the platform that put PDA/smartphones on the map in part with the medical community's loyalty.
    One small request: any hope for an opioid conversion tool?
    I too vote for a single app, rather than separate modules BTW...
    Be well!

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