Today the American Medical Association (AMA) introduced it’s first ever iPhone app designed for physicians. I’ts a CPT (Current Procedural Terminology) billing code app which helps you quickly find the right CPT code. You can get the app for free on the iTunes store and is called the CPT E/M QuickRef app. Unfortunately, right now it seems it’s only available for the iPhone. I think it’s a really smart move for an association like AMA to release an app like this.
Together with the launch of the first AMA iPhone app, the AMA also announced a medical APP Challenge for medical students, residents and physicians. They’re giving away 2 prizes (1 for students and one physicians) of $2500 ($1000 Amex gift card and $1500 Apple gift card) and a trip to New Orleans where your app will be revealed at the AMA conference. They also have some runner up prizes of $100 American Express gift cards.
I love contests like this. Although, to be honest, if you have a really good idea for an app, I’m not sure exactly why you’d enter it into their app contest. Mostly because once you submit it to them, they become the owners of the idea. Apps aren’t that hard to build and so if you have a good idea, then why not build it yourself. Hop on a site like eLance.com or Guru.com and you can find some great app developers for a low cost. You could leave a comment below and I could help you find the right resources as well. I’ll just take 10% referral fee. That’s a lot better than the 100% the AMA will take.