The first program to be released to the medical iPhone community is 'The ECG Guide', created by QxMD Software. QxMD has created free medical apps such as Cardio Calc, Neph Calc and Heme Calc.
The ECG Guide has several key features:
- Detailed approach to 12 lead interpretation (including rate, rhythm, axis, wave forms and intervals)
- Detailed approach to arrythmia interpretation
- Extensive notes on ECG findings
- >100 sample ECGs
- Quiz Feature
- All ECGs are high resolution and can be zoomed for detailed viewing
- Priced at $5
Key features of Instant ECG include
- Simulated rhythm strips
- Priced at $10
- Quiz feature
- Use of visual elements
Both products were compared in detail, and almost immediately it became apparent that the content in The ECG Guide is superior and more practical. While the visuals of the simulated rhythms strips are certainly well done, in clinical training and practice, one works primarily with 12 lead ECGs rather than relying on a moving rhythm strip. Instant ECG only offers a limited collection of 12-leads, while The ECG Guide contains more than 100 throughout the program. As an added bonus, this extensive collection is nicely organized into an index for ready reference.
Clear descriptions of ECG findings and diagnostic criteria are critically important for an app in this category. Again, The ECG Guide stands out with a more detailed and thorough approach to the subject matter. Instant ECG provides a nice introduction, but really needs to delve into more detail.
In terms of price, both are very affordable and good value. The ECG Guide certainly comes out as a better bargain, given its lower price and more practical content. Nonetheless, one might consider shelling out an extra $10 to see the visuals of Instant ECG - but only after the obligatory purchase of The ECG Guide.
While the clear winner between the two is 'The ECG Guide', it's great to see competition to create an outstanding app in this important area. We're a little concerned that perhaps the folks at iAnesthesia may have taken competition a little too far and planted negative reviews for The ECG Guide and left glowing reviews for their own app. Have a look at reviews by iPhoneRC and HazelGroup - a little suspicious by our assessment...
Both programs are available in the App store or can be downloaded through iTunes:
Here's looking forward to more great Cardiology apps for the iPhone and/or iPod