NEONATAL SMART PHONE APPS-ARE WE AWARE? : AN OBSERVATIONAL STUDY

Dr. Namita Mishra, Dr. Girish Gupta, Dr. Amit Shukla

Abstract


Objective: to identify various Smartphone apps available in the eld of neonatology relevant for newborn care.
Methods: observational study was done over a period of 30 days. Search for apps was done in android phones using Play
store and in IOS using Apple store. The apps were categorized according to their content and availability. Out of all apps 20 most relevant neonatal
apps were separately tabulated.
Results: A total of 571 apps were retrieved. Some of the relevant topics covered were intensive care, resuscitation, drug doses, uid calculator,
jaundice, growth charts, immunization, blood gas analysis, sound decibels, ECHO, USG and apps for parents. Lesser number of apps were
available in Apple store. Most of the apps were free of cost.
Conclusion: highly relevant neonatal apps are available which if used intelligently can facilitate newborn care including critical aspects like
minimizing medication errors.


Keywords


Mobile Apps, NICU, Newborn, Neonate

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