Tuesday, May 25, 2010

PEPID Launches Its Reference App on Android

This is a guest post by Greg Bartlett.

Doctors and other medical professionals who’ve made the move to Android will now have access to PEPID’s reference app. The drug database is one of the most comprehensive on the market, offering dosage calculators as well as interactions notifications. The diagnostic tools packed into this subscription-based app are certainly extensive.

The PEPID Android app is available for those running OS version 1.6 or later, but most mid-to-recent model smartphones compatible with Google’s mobile platform should be able to handle the app with an upgrade. According to PEPID’s site, the service also requires an active internet connection for illustrations, dictionary definition links, and the diagnosis generator.

The subscription model gives professionals access to upgrades and reference additions. And if you’ve been subscribing to a Platinum edition of the service before, you can transfer to the Android platform with an email to PEPID’s support team. PEPID also offers group-rate subscriptions for hospitals, schools, and other medical organizations who would like to integrate the database into their services.

Those interested in a free trial of the app can click here. The demo requires an account setup, but the 14 days free might be worth the effort. Customers who like the program can opt to renew the service and begin paying for a subscription.

PEPID launched the beta for the Android version back in March, and just a few months later, armed with user feedback and network data, the company has released the full version on the Android market for the general public. Medical professionals from around the country participated in the free beta and offered suggestions that aided developers before launch.

PEPID LLC is development firm that specializes in decision-support reference material for doctors and other medical professionals. The company was founded by Mark Rosenbloom, MBA, MD, FACEP, a training physician who one day decided to digitize his reference notes on his PDA. After the encouragement of colleagues, he developed the original PEPID reference software in 1994 with a 35-member advisory board. Many iterations and upgrades of the program have been released since, and the company is working hard to become the best provider of mobile reference software out there.

We’re glad Android’s getting more attention from some of the medical reference developers. While the adaptability of Google’s OS lets it take greater advantage of hardware upgrades in smartphone processors, GPS tracking devices, and display capabilities, Apple’s iPhone platform is still a stable, hard-hitting competitor. The best thing about cross-platform development is that at the end of the day, medical professionals get to pick which smartphone they want to use.

Greg Bartlett is a guest author who specializes in writing about GPS technology for Rocky Mountain Tracking, Inc.

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