Friday, August 14, 2015

Optimal smartphone screen size? 5.5 to 5.7"

Seems like the "phablet" is gaining such popularity that the term may be disappearing as more people start expecting smartphones to have screen sizes in the 5.5 to 5.7" range. The latest Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Note 5 fit those dimensions and the Apple iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5" display.

I'm still a fan of the traditional active digitizer pen, so that's why I'll continue with the Samsung Galaxy Note series (as long as they continue to support the S Pen). I'll pass on the Note 5 for now since I'm a big fan of the removable batter and microSD card slot that I currently have on my Note 4. The newer Note 5 has gotten rid of these features in exchange for a smoother, nicer overall design.

Here's the key question that I'd like to see answered someday: if the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were priced equally, which would be more popular? Right now, the 6 Plus is $100 more, so I'm sure that deters many potential customers who would prefer the larger screen but is perfectly willing to settle on the smaller iPhone 6.

Monday, March 09, 2015

Apple announces ResearchKit

Apple is making it easier than ever for anyone to participate in medical research.

Hundreds of millions of people around the world have an iPhone in their pocket. Each one is equipped with powerful processors and advanced sensors that can track movement, take measurements, and record information. With ResearchKit, researchers can easily create apps that take advantage of iPhone features to gather new types of data on a scale never available before.

Mount Sinai, Weill Cornell Medical College, and LifeMap developed their Asthma Health app to gain greater insight into triggers for the disease.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 could be the ideal phablet for medical students

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 may be the ideal "phablet" for medical students who are often busy scribbling notes while standing. Maybe I'm from a different era, but I still rely heavily on using a pen. In fact, it still amazes me that other manufacturers are not actively incorporating an active digitizer into their devices. Doing so adds cost and some additional thickness to the overall device, but aren't people still jotting notes and scribbling on their smartphones? You shouldn't have to buy a special Bluetooth stylus pen to write accurately on your screen.

The iPhone 6 Plus is a great phablet if you don't need to "write" on the screen, but I'm still someone who relies too heavily on "inking" (to use some old tablet-PC jargon) directly, which is why I'll always be biased towards devices that offer a solid pen-based interface.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Which iOS app will effectively block "Unknown" callers?

Lately, some people may have seen an increase of SPAM calls from "Unknown" numbers. You can't easily block these calls since your phone does not recognize a specific phone # to block. Your mobile carrier may be able to block these "Unknown" callers, but you may have to pay a monthly fee for that service.

Shouldn't you be able to block these "Unknown" callers on your iPhone using a mobile app? There are a few apps that offer this capability, but how well do they work?

For many people, it may not be a good idea to block calls from "Unknown" since physicians will often block their phone # (caller ID) so their calls will come in as "Unknown."

Friday, October 03, 2014

Apple Health app in iOS 8

I've upgraded to iOS 8 on my iPhone and I'm now experiencing the new Apple Health app. I'm feeding it with health and fitness data from MapMyRun, MyFitnessPal, and Jawbone UP. Someday, I wonder if the consumer side of health IT interoperability will allow Apple, Google Fit on Android, and Microsoft HealthVault to share data seamlessly. For now, I'll continue to have my health data stored in different silos that don't talk to each other.

Friday, September 05, 2014

Opioid REMS-compliant education on your mobile device

The FDA has required a REMS for extended-release and long-acting (ER/LA) opioid analgesics.

Misuse and abuse of opioids has grown to be a serious public health concern about addiction, overdose, and death. REMS-compliant training is a critical component of the ER/LA Opioid Analgesics REMS program.

On July 9, 2012, the FDA approved a risk evaluation and mitigation strategy (REMS) for extended-release (ER) and long-acting (LA) opioid medications. The REMS introduces new safety measures to reduce risks and improve safe use of ER/LA opioids while continuing to provide access to these medications for patients in pain.

You can access free online REMS-compliant CME activities on ER and LA opioids CME activities by getting the QuantiaMD mobile app for your smartphone or mobile tablet.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

The next iPhone will get announced on Sept 9

Since the rumors are everywhere, I'm just going to add to it. Sounds like Apple is going to announce the iPhone 6 on Sept 9. The next iPhone may come with a larger screen to keep up with all the larger Android smartphones out there.

So what is the ideal screen size? I used to think that a larger size was better, but I'm always carrying my phone, even when I go for a run. So, the 4" screen of the iPhone 5 is actually an ideal size for me.

What innovations will we see in the new iPhone? I feel like the smartphone market has matured to the point that it's hard to get excited about a new smartphone. We can probably expect a better camera. Maybe the next iPhone will be water resistant like the Samsung Galaxy S5. Maybe the next iPhone will offer a battery-saving option (like what you find on the Galaxy S5). NFC? I doubt it. Built-in wireless charging? That would be nice.
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