CONCEPT: DrawMD is a mobile app series that bridges the gap between the health professional and the patient by making health education visible.
DELIVERY:We can all remember a time when we have been in the doctors office or in a science classroom hearing about a condition, but not quite realizing what it means or what it looks like.
Conceived and launched by Harvard Medical School classmates Todd Morgan and Alex Kutikov, along with technology expert John Cox, Visible Health creates products for every partner in the medical process from the educator to the health professional.
DrawMD is free and there is an app for almost every speciality. The simplicity of the app lies at the center of its brilliance. All the apps have the same interface and when you open it up you have a few options. You can choose to create a new drawing or open up a saved one. When you open up a new drawing you begin by selecting a part of the body. Once you have selected the area you want to talk about you can select ‘stamps’ which serve as icons to highlight specific conditions. Stamps can be scaled and rotated to, for example, compare and contrast a healthy vs unhealthy look at the body. There is also a text tool that allows you to label the diagram you have created or add any side notes. The pen feature is particularly useful, instead of just saying what is happening you can mark different areas of the diagram as you go, showing what is happening in the body.
This is a phenomenal teaching tool that can be used in medical education by both professors and students alike. What a great way to create visuals for your lectures. If you want to get really creative you can connect your iPad to the laptop to create a screencast!
When you are all done creating your visual you can save and/or email the finished product. There is also a tab called description where you can write in specific notes and tag the visual. To help you along a list of possible tags are there for you, just pick the ones you like and you are all done. On the homepage of the app you will also find additional video resources that you can view and share.
The beauty of the app lies within its simplicity and ease of use while one could ask for many more features, anything more than what is provided would defeat the purpose. It has everything you need to bridge the communication gap between the patient and the health professional.
A fantastic tool for teachers in the classroom and health professionals out in the field to help students and patients visualize health concerns.
creating images for lectures
having students explain a medical condition
helping patients visualize health concerns
practicing patient-health professional conversations using tablets
Reviewed by Sabba Quidwai
Because there are a series of apps dedicated to different specialities, we enourage you to visit their website and see which ones are best suited for downloading.