Useful Apps for Laboratorians
I recently asked our Facebook followers about lab or science related apps they use on their smartphones or tablets. Turns out, there are quite a few valuable apps that laboratorians use as part of their professional lives. Here are a few our readers pointed out:
- Hemo bioscience is a reference database of blood group antigens and antibody characteristics for immunohematology/blood bank.
- The OCD Bloodbanker by Ortho Clinical Diagnostics allows users to reference how different genotypes interact with the five principal Rh antisera in its Rh Genotype Calculator, and learn more about particular antibodies with its Antibody Index.
Wow--the Medscape app, while maybe not specific to the clinical lab, looks pretty incredible. Get medical news, search Medline articles, access drug and disease references, check drug interactions... there's even a procedures and protocols database.
CellAtlas from CellaVision is a guide to blood cell morphology, and contains mini lectures written by hematology experts complemented by an extensive cell image database. There's also a CellQuiz game to help your memory!
LabTestsOnline offers a mobile version of its popular website. The app offers detailed information on hundreds of lab tests and descriptions of diseases cross-linked by the tests used to screen for, diagnose and treat them.
Quick LabRef looks like it's Android-specific, but it offers a quick look at up-to-date information on the most commonly used clinical laboratory values, references and other useful relevant information.
It's pretty amazing the amount of information we can carry around in our pockets these days. Do you use any of these apps? Did we miss your favorite lab-related app? Let us know in the comments!