Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Over the past few years, the face of medical technologies has seen tremendous changes. The use of App Store along with iPhones has also changed significantly. There are several apps that healthcare professionals should consider downloading to help them on their day to day activities.
Besides the medical apps, there are other non-medical apps for physicians, which when configured appropriately, can be applied in the medical field.
Here is a list of the top 10 apps that dominate the free Medical Apps in the App Store for physicians, medical students or any other professional in the healthcare related field.
Feedly is an RSS (Really Simple Syndication) reader application that works across most browsers including Firefox, Chrome and Safari as well as mobile devices that run Android and IOS. It presents website content in an easy to read format from a variety of sources and medical practitioners can customize the display of the information and share it with others. Medical professionals can access great information written by the rest of the community members in the field and be enlightened.
Evernote is an app that’s available on several devices including Web, Android, iPhone, Desktop and iPad among many others that allows you to capture anything. It is used extensively to store PDF files and keeping track of medical notes by physicians. You can use Evernote to take pictures of your handouts or store Trauma protocols the hospital is working on. Simply put, this app prevents you from having to carry with you, paper documents.
This was released to the App Store in the summer of 2009, and has eclipsed several free medical apps with its recent updates. The app has a reference section with 6,000 generic, OTC and brand drugs in addition to a drug checker. The recent update of the app sees an addition of a Disease and Condition section that contains very useful information with pictures and videos.
DropBox maintains a folder on your iPhone which is synced automatically over the internet. With this app, you can store all your medical files, ranging from your medical literature PDF files to other documents, photos and your Grand Rounds presentations. You can access all these files using the free Dropbox on your iPhone or any other mobile device.
5. Skyscape Medical Resources
This app provides a collection of medical information as well as a decision for healthcare professionals. Some of the resources include evidence based clinical information on symptoms and diseases, RxDrugs, Medical Calculator, an up-to-date Med Alert drug information and Archimedes.
The Snellen EyeChart is an eye chart that is used by healthcare professionals to measure visual acuity. This iPhone app is held at 4’ for rough acuity, but the original chart is usually placed at 20’.
Epocrates is one of the most trusted application in the field of medicine and is widely used in med schools and institutions. Its recent version, the Epocrates RX, has drug interactions and information, pill identifier and a medical calculator, a feature that even Medscape lacks. It allows you to view continually updated clinical data.
This is a free iPhone medical calculator that provides professionals access to several medical formulas and scores. It among the most popular medical calculators in the App Store. Other features include support for SI units, custom overlaid controls, lists of recently used equations and bibliographic reference for formulas.
9. Medical Radio
This is a ReachMd product. Medical Radio is popularly known for its XM satellite-Radio broadcast feeds of medical information, with feeds available through the app. The app allows users to keep up-to-date with the changing clinical guidelines.
This app is mainly for medical students. It displays short descriptions from over 1600 medical eponyms, for example Virchow’s node, Sheehan’s syndrome. It is a free learning iPhone app for medical students.
Josie is a passionate blogger about new medical technologies and works alongside of healthcare companies such as Admedus.