We live in a digital age, where most
of our actions are carried out via our smartphones. As the world continues to
become more health-conscious, consumers are taking advantage of smartphones to
manage and improve their own health, but healthcare professionals are also
seeing the benefits of mobile health (mHealth) apps geared towards improving
This is the gold standard of medical apps. With millions of downloads
across the country, doctors are using this app to look up drug information and
interactions, find other providers for consults and referrals, and quickly
calculate patient measurements like BMI.
While the app itself and most of its content is free, access to
additional information and functionality (like lab guides, alternative
medications, and disease information) requires an in-app purchase of Epocrates
Essentials for $159.99 a year.
Hundreds of thousands of physicians have installed
this app, and for good reason. It is full of medical knowledge and answers
clinical questions at the point of need.
However, it’s also not cheap. While
downloading the app is free, in order to actually access the wealth of
information contained within it, you or your organization needs to have a subscription
to the UpToDate database. This starts at $499 a year for an individual
This is the official app for the social network for
doctors. Doximity claims 40% of U.S. Physicians are members (joining is
free) and this app allows you to access the network on the go. You can find and
communicate with other doctors on the network, send HIPAA-secure faxes through
your phone, and follow news and trends in your specialty.
The app is free to download, but does require you to sign up for membership
in the network.
Read is an app that centralizes all your medical
literature and journals. Using a magazine format, it allows you to read
and download studies, journals, and articles from a host of sources including
open access journals, Pubmed, and papers from linked institutions.
With tens of thousands of installs, and plenty of
free content this is a no-brainer for physicians looking to keep current in
their specialty. The app is free, but some journals and Pubmed may
require an institutional or individual subscription or credentials.
Access recent articles, view images of medical
conditions, and listen to audio and video summaries of articles with this app
from the trusted New England Journal of Medicine. Available only
devices, this app also includes videos of medical procedures, and reports on
recent research findings.
This app is totally free to download and access.
Isabel is a diagnosis assistance app. With its
results validated by studies which have been peer reviewed in dozens of
different medical journals, this app is a solid way for any physician to double
check their diagnoses. Isabel’s database includes over 6,000 disease
presentations and symptoms, and the ability to refine results by age, gender,
and travel history.
This app does require online access, however, and
while the app itself is free, in order to use any of its functionality and data
you need to purchase a monthly subscription of $10.99, or an annual one of
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– Medical Images
View and share medical images with other physicians
using this free iOS and Android app. Hundreds of thousands of users send,
comment on, and search through medical images in Figure 1’s visual database.
This app is perfect for physicians looking for feedback on a rare
condition, or seeking to see and learn about rare or textbook cases.
Additionally, the app guarantees patient privacy with automatic face-blocking
and removal of identifying information.
This app is free to download and use.
In both iOS and Android flavors, this app brings
the powerful DynaMed reference database to mobile. Subscribers to DynaMed
($395 a year for an individual physician) will get the full functionality of
the decision support tool on their smartphone or other device.
Functionality includes disease references, point of
care information, and summaries of over 3,400 different topics, with constant
updates as DynaMed’s team looks over new studies and evidence to add to the
This app, by WebMD, is another great medical
reference tool offered on iOS and Android. The app is completely free,
but does require you to register for a free account (which you can do through
the app itself) to use it. Once done, you can look up medications and
drugs, check the disease reference tool, catch up on medical news, and much
Practice for Doctors
A free, mobile-based EMR, this app is accessible
through iOS and Android devices, as well as online. Both the app and
service are free, though you can upgrade to a premium version with advanced
features like a patient portal and custom domain. However, the free
version offers a great avenue to communicate with patients outside the office,
and includes video chat, remote patient monitoring, and the ability to answer
typed patient questions.
Source: healthcareglobal.com, blog.capterra.com