You probably remember the iPhone commercial from several years ago in which they kept saying “there’s an app for that” to illustrate how just about anything could be solved or optimized through an app.
Well, that is more true today than ever. But the question is, as a doctor – is there an app for that?
It turns out, there are many apps for that. In fact, whether you’re looking for access to peers, need help with common equations or you want a completely customized app, there’s a solution out there for you.
If you’re curious what apps other doctors are currently using, here’s a list of the top ten mobile apps for doctors.
1. AHRQ ePSS
The Electronic Preventive Services Selector app was developed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) for Android and Apple devices.
It’s designed to help primary care clinicians locate preventative medication, counseling and screening services that are most appropriate for their patients. Information in the app is based on recommendations provided by the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force.
Users can conduct searches based on criteria such as patient age, gender and various behavior risk factors. The app was recently updated to include text correction.
2. Doximity Medical Network
More than 70% of all physicians belong to Doximity, which its creators bill as the largest medical professional network in the United States. The app was developed for Android and Apple devices to allow medical professionals to search for peers across the United States.
Reading articles through this app will earn you Category 1 Continuing Medical Education or CME status with no need to fill out surveys or answer a test.
Users are eligible to get a free efax number that they can use to send faxes from their mobile device. You can even use the app to search for jobs and conduct salary comparisons.
3. Epocrates Medical References
According to developer Epocrates, the Epocrates Medical References app is used by 50% of all physicians in the U.S. while providing care to patients.
Available for Android and Apple, this app lets you check on safety information and drug prescribing details for thousands of medications. It also helps you identify drug contraindications, with as many as 30 different medications evaluated at the same time.
What’s more, you can use the app to review medical news and the most current research in your field. In cases where you require a consultation, the app will help you locate providers who can assist you.
4. Figure 1 – Medical Cases
When you’re confronted by an unusual medical condition, it pays to have access to useful information on a variety of diseases and teaching cases on obscure conditions from your medical peers. To that end, Figure 1 has developed its Medical Cases app for Android and Apple device users.
You can communicate with other doctors while you’re in a remote location and need some information quickly on a difficult medical situation. The messages you transmit through the app to colleagues are protected according to HIPAA privacy requirements.
5. MDCalc Medical Calculators
Since its development in 2005 by MD Aware, the MDCalc Medical Calculators app for Android and Apple has helped more than 1 million professionals in the medical community with support for their clinical decision-making process.
Each medical calculator is regularly updated and is designed to help you meet patient care requirements with an evidence-based approach.
For example, you can pull up the Glasgow Coma Scale/Score (GCS) when evaluating a patient in hospital or rely on the Fractional Excretion of Sodium (FENa) when making rounds.
The app lets you quickly sort information according to your specialty, favorite calculators or the most recently used calculators.
6. MediBabble Translator
When you must evaluate, diagnose and treat a patient who does not speak English and no human translator is immediately available, you can rely on the MediBabble Translator developed by NiteFloat for Apple devices.
MediBabble bills itself as offering professional-grade medical interpretation and the app now downloads to your device with English and Spanish. The app is free and so are downloads for additional languages, which now include French, German, Russian, Mandarin, Cantonese and Haitian Creole.
MediBabble includes thousands of questions and instructions that you can play to patients via high-quality recordings. Additional phrases are compiled in a special physical examination module to help you examine patients when there is a language barrier.
The Medscape app, developed by WebMD for Android and Apple devices, is your source for quick answers to a range of clinical answers while you are in the midst of caring for your patients. It’s a reference suitable for doctors, nurses and other practitioners.
The app’s Medscape Consult feature allows you to access more than 250,000 doctors from around the world so you can benefit from their vast range of experience. For example, if you are dealing with a challenging case in your clinic, use the app to ask questions of your peers to get a fast reaction.
8. NEJM This Week
If you are a regular reader of the New England Journal of Medicine but sometimes find yourself short on time to keep up with all the information provided, you’ll want to consider using the NEJM This Week app developed by the publication for use on Apple devices.
You’ll gain access to the latest news in your field. Resources include articles that provide step-by-step procedures, a tool to help you identify mysterious pills, details on prescription drug formularies and a number of medical calculators. Users of NEJM This Week can also use the app to crowdsource answers from their fellow physicians in difficult-to-diagnose cases.
9. Read by QxMD
Read is an app for Android and Apple devices, developed by QxMD Medical Software. This resource helps you stay current on scientific research related to your medical practice. It is useful for checking on the latest topic reviews and conducting searches in the PubMed database.
When you are browsing or reading articles that you would like to refer to a colleague, the app makes it easy to share via Facebook, Twitter or email. You can keep your favorite articles organized in the app for ready access.
The UpToDate app, developed by UpToDate, Inc., for use on Android and Apple smartphones, is a resource for physicians that offers the latest in evidence-based information from a clinical perspective to help support your decision making process. It includes drug topics and clinician recommendations for use while you are providing care.
To keep information organized according to your preferences, you can use its bookmarks and history to review useful materials. The search feature has medically appropriate auto-completion, enabling you to research topics more efficiently.
Various calculators in the app have been optimized for viewing on the screens of mobile devices, so you won’t need to find a desktop machine when you need to make a quick calculation when treating patients.
Find Or Develop The Best App For You
While there are a number of useful features in these top-ranking medical apps for doctors, you as a medical professional likely have mobile app requirements that are particular to your specialty, the patient population you serve (or hope to expand service to) or even your location.
Give these apps a shot if they fit what you’re looking for and you may be able to make your life a little easier while you’re at work. If you’re looking for features from several of these apps, or you don’t see what you’re looking for, let us know and we’ll help you find your perfect mobile app solution.
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