New Year – New Phone

So I just got the iPhone…I am a gadget geek so I believe I am really going to enjoy this thing. I am not really planning to integrate with my work email (maybe just my contacts) but I definitely think I can use it on the job in other ways. I went to the app store and found a few gems that should actually help me when I am out monitoring.

  • Weather – This is a standard app but you can add as many cities as you like so that is super helpful when you are packing for a trip!
  • Clock/Timezones – Also a standard app but I have sites in multiple time zones so this will be great for when I am making phone contacts and don’t want to call too early or too late.
  • Epocrates – Information (and pictures!) of generic and brand name drugs. Although it isn’t super relevant to my job, my favorite feature is the ‘pill finder’ where you choose the color and appearance of a medicine and the app recommends which drug you might be describing.
  • Units – easily switch lbs to kgs, etc.
  • Google Earth – Plug in all your sites and…well, I don’t know if this will help me do my job but it is a fun app!
  • Yelp – This user-based community can give you recommendations of great restaurants in most metopolitan areas and help you avoid the bad places.
  • SC Zap – this handy app turns your iPhone into a tazer and when you’re on-site but your Study Coordinator isn’t cranking out the query resolutions fast enough you simply apply positive reinforcement with a little jolt of electricity…Just kidding – you would definitely need some serious Informed Consent for that one!!

So I have my apps and I can’t wait to get back on the road again now that I am geared up. How cool will it be to effortlessly have internet access everywhere when I travel and check-in for my flights exactly 24 hours in advance to get the best seats!?!

Shoot me an email or leave a comment here if you are an iCRA and you have found other handy apps to recommend.

About The Author

The Lead CRA

Nadia started The Lead CRA blog in 2007. She is now lead author for ClinOps Toolkit. Nadia is currently working as a Clinical Program Manager at a small specialty pharmaceutical company in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can reach Nadia via email at [email protected] anytime.


  • J. DeStephen

    February 2, 2009


    I too am in love with the iPhone/ iPod touch that is such a huge help when monitoring. There are also several great medical calculators available, many of which are free from the iTunes store. Plus, with epocrates, I no longer have to lug around that PDR.


    P.S. Thanks for writing such a great blog! It’s nice to know how other CRA’s operate outside of my CRO.

  • Hi Nadia,
    Your blog is absolutely great. A great fun read with useful information to boot!

    I blog also and I have a consulting and training website. I will tell my colleagues about you. We can always use a good chuckle! Keep up the good work!
    Sarah Wilson

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