Handy iPhone Software

Over on Mental Kipple I thought up some ideas for iPhone applications that I'd like to see.

The one most relevant to people who read this ambulance blog is #10

10) A copy of the BNF for offline reading, and not for £100+ please.

And what should I find on release but Epocrates Rx, a free application that does much the same as the BNF (British National Formulary, a list of all the drugs in circulation) but will also help me out when I come across pills in unmarked boxes and makes it easy to look up potential drug interactions.

Trust me when I say that it is infuriating to ask a patient what medications they take and they don't know and instead hand me a plastic box with half a dozen different pills in it.

It can be especially dangerous when we want to give them drugs of our own but have to be careful about it interacting with the patient's own medicine.

Really rather quite handy and quick to look at when I don't have my BNF to hand. The only problem is that it is American software and they have some different drug names that us Brits, but it is good for some things and is definitely worth what I paid for it.

I still want #2 though,

2) An Augmented Reality Game, perhaps crossed with social software overtones – consider if you will a game that is location based to where you *really* are. Using the location services in the phone (either original iPhone, or the AGPS of the 3G iPhone)

Anyone writing one want a story consultant? Or have we enough coders here who could group together to write such a thing under my benign dictatorship…?

2 thoughts on “Handy iPhone Software”

  1. When I started reading this, I thought that by BNF you meant Backus-Naur Form – would have been a perfectly sensible follow-on from the post about regexes..

  2. I worry about realistic augmented reality. It's OK to augment reality… but what if an added virtual monster hides a real, fastmoving car?Will you be the first ambulance on the scene then, or when a policeman fires on a child who pointed his aug-mouse(tm) at the policeman? “It looked like a gun,” the shaken policeman says “and he was shouting 'die, demon pig scum'… how was I to know his game aug'd me to be a cacodemon?'”

    Augmented reality is one of the most exciting things I've ever read about, but I always wonder how it will go wrong, or be abused… will a hacker write software to “edit out” all blue cars from the game's perceived reality?

    Who's responsible? The hacker? What if it was a bug? The programmer? The driver? The court cases will be FASCINATING.

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