We published a series of posts about our favorite mobile applications beginning in 2012. Our therapists continue to reap the benefits of using apps on their company mobile devices while delivering care, so we want to provide an update with some can’t-miss apps. Mobile applications have tremendous opportunities to make therapy engaging while saving paper. Adults and children alike can benefit from the use of apps in therapy. Here are a few mobile applications that come highly-reviewed by our therapists and other clinicians:

• FINR Brain Atlas – This highly-rated app provides a model of the brain and common brain injuries in three dimensions. FINR Brain Atlas includes descriptions of the brain structures as well as injuries such as cerebral contusions and aneurysms. Manipulate the models of the brain through easy pinch zooming. Available on the iPhone and iPad for $1.99.
• Epocrates – Have access to medication information at the ready with the Epocrates drug reference app. Epocrates provides a wealth of information about adverse events, drug interactions, black box warnings and safety considerations. Users will also appreciate the pictorial pill identifier feature. Best of all, Epocrates is available for download on a wide variety of platforms, including your computer. Epocrates may be downloaded for free in your App Store, and a more robust version is available for purchase for six months or one year at the prices of $80 and $159.99, respectively.
• Living Lung – Lung Viewer – This app provides a three dimensional view of extremely detailed respiratory models. Living Lung was developed for the iPad in particular, and anatomists, certified medical instructors and animators using human CT data had a hand in the app’s creation. Certain structures are transparent to offer the best view of bronchi and vascular features. Download the app for free for your iPad or iPad mini.
• Essential Skeleton 4 – Essential Skeleton displays beautiful skeletal models and runs with high resolution and functionality. Easily maneuver the bones on the screen or view them individually from any angle. Use pins on the skeleton to keep track of particular bones. The app includes correct pronunciation of all bones. Available for free on all Apple devices.
• Lingraphica Apps – The family of Lingraphica SLP apps include tools for assessment, speech therapy and communication. The Lingraphica apps are appropriate for adults and are especially useful with patients who have aphasia and apraxia. The SmallTalk Family of Communication apps (13 total apps) includes practice exercises and tools to foster effective communication. For more information about all pricing and device compatibility, visit www.aphasia.com.

We want to hear which apps are enhancing your therapy experience. Feel free to share your favorites in the comments.

By Kindred Hospital Rehabilitation Services