Smartphones have already shown their worth when it comes to everyday benefits. From GPS to dictionaries in the palm of your hands, various apps have helped to make our lives a little easier. Those in the medical field can benefit from multiple apps as well, they can help with the accuracy, efficacy, and convenience doctors need in their practice. We’ve listed ten apps that can help make the day-to-day go a little smoother.
Medscape is a medical reference app that helps physicians stay on top of new things in the medical world. The app offers medical news, drug information, continuing medical education opportunities, and medical calculators. It gives physicians the ability to refer to a wide range of clinical data in one place that allows them to make point-of-care decisions. Some of the things that Medscape has to offer are as follows:
- News reports covering various medical topics
- Access to guidelines, safety and prescription info for around 8,000 drugs
- A tool that helps to identify pills visually
- More than 600 dosing calculators
Epocrates is one of the most used medical apps, with around 50% of doctors in the U.S. using it. The app is known for being reliable, and time-saving that helps to keep you focused on making the best clinical decisions possible. The app allows you to access information regarding prescriptions, herbals, and other supplements, and OTC medications. It also allows you to connect with other doctors through a service called athenaText, which is useful for referrals and consults.
While some of the app’s functions are free, there is an upgrade available that would give you access to great info on diseases, labs, clinical guidelines, etc. The upgrade is for a yearly fee of $174.99.
UpToDate gives you access to a database full of medical topics and information. Search for more than 8,500 different topics, create bookmarks, and retrieve recently reviewed information. Plus, more than 4,000 experts discuss and update these topics frequently. Some of the other perks of the app include:
- Alerts regarding the latest medical news
- Notifications that consider the topics you’ve previously searched for and related information
- The capability to search for medical information in many languages
- Access to more than 10,000 graphics including illustrations, graphics, tables, figures and more
- A drug-interaction checker
Although you can download UpToDate for free, you need a subscription to use it. Subscriptions cost around $490 annually, and you have the option to either purchase it individually or through your organization. They do offer prescriptions at a discounted price for residents and medical students at $195.
DynaMed is a medical reference app providing you with up-to-date, evidence-based information. The content is precise and direct. Medical experts review their data and update it throughout the day. The app offers a simple interface and specific search capabilities. It also provides access to the Micromedex Clinical Knowledge Suite. You can bookmark your favorite articles, take notes, and send emails when you are offline. If you have the subscription through an institution, it’s free. Otherwise, the app will cost $395 a year for physicians and $99 for medical students.
Lexicomp is a clinical reference app that gives you access to a wide range of knowledge. This app will references information regarding infectious diseases, oral diseases, and toxicology. You can also retrieve information regarding prescription medications and drug interactions, as well as medical dictionaries and calculators. You can build your suite of apps and software for a price that ranges from $175 to $595 per year. If you buy two years upfront, you can usually get the third year for free.
Omnio is the next version of Skyscape. Skyscape was one of the earliest medical apps developed a decade ago. When you use Omnio, you can retrieve and customize information, giving you a central location for your most essential resources. The app allows you to do some of the following:
- Identify pills
- Check symptoms
- Determine drug dosing
- Access information from the American Diabetes Association and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network
The app is available for free, but you have the option to add resources such as Davis’ Drug Guide and Labs 360.
Visual DX is an extensive library of more than 32,000 digital images that show variations fo diseases and is shown to be very helpful when diagnosing a rare condition. The photos show a mix of patients of all ages, skin types, and other diagnostics. They cross multiple specialty lines, including dermatology, radiology, pathology, oral medicine, emergency medicine, ophthalmology, and infectious disease. The app offers one free month of service, but an individual subscription will cost around $400 a year. The company also gives you an option to contact them about a group or institutional rate. An additional $99 a year, you can have access to a feature called DermExpert, which helps to analyze skin lesion images that are photographed at the point of care.
MEDLINE allows access to some 24 million articles in Pubmed’s database. Try customizing your search with a variety of options and filters and then organize the information. It can display related pieces, which are determined by the citations in the literature that you have previously reviewed. You can also send documentation to your email, download it into Dropbox in multiple formats, or share information on social media. Searches are free, and, depending on publisher, you may or may not need to pay for what you find.
Case gives access to over 18 million articles that cover 81 specialties and simultaneously helps to narrow down your search to find what you’re looking for. You are able to search for more than 100,000 keywords and follow the journals that best suit you. It also helps narrow that search by suggesting articles based on your past searches. The best thing is that this app is entirely free!
Doximity is a social networking app for physicians that helps to allow you to network with others and exchange information securely. The app even allows you to send secure faxes that meet HIPPA requirements. Other tools on the app will enable you to participate in continuing medical education. According to Doximity, around 70% of all physicians use the app. The app itself is free, but you need to have a membership to use the app.
Figure 1 is a social networking app that’s only meant for images. You can search through a database of images, make comments, and share photos with other physicians. The app is a perfect fit for doctors who are looking for more information about a rare medical condition or disease. You also can block out sections of an image, for example, a patient’s face, to preserve a patient’s privacy. The app is available for free, and you do not need to sign up for a membership with the app.
With such a wide variety of apps available, there is sure to be one that best fits you and your practice.
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