With the growing popularity of smartphones and tablets, it seems like there is an app for everything. In recent years, apps have even begun to play a role in patient care. From EHR apps that allow healthcare providers to track patient information to medical news apps that provide a searchable database of the latest in healthcare news and guidelines, there are countless apps available that healthcare workers can use in the workplace to help them diagnose, treat, and monitor their patients. Here is a small sampling of some of the most popular medical apps on the market:
Epocrates is an app providing reliable drug, disease, and diagnostic information. With thousands of drug monographs, a drug-drug interaction checker, a pill identifier, and much more, it acts as a fantastic drug reference. Premium versions of Epocrates provide additional features, including alternative medications, billing codes, disease information, and more.
This app was inspired by surgical oncologists and provides interactive diagrams in nine specialties, giving health professionals a visual tool to help explain complex surgical and medical procedures to their patients. The DrawMD app gives users the choice of selecting a pre-populated image or uploading their own, and allows for sketching, stamping, and typing directly on the image. After taking the notes, the images can be shared with patients through email or during consultations.
A great app for allied health students, the Visible Body app provides an up-close look at the systems of the human body. The app gives detailed, anatomically accurate 3-D models of over 2,500 individual structures, systems, organs, vasculature, and nerves. A panel of physicians and anatomists reviews the content in the Visible Body atlas to ensure accuracy.
This app was designed specifically for Medical Assistants with more than 950 terms in a vast array of multiple-choice quizzes, flash cards, and a comprehensive dictionary. As Medical Assistants are employed in an increasingly wider range of environments, including urgent care facilities, ambulatory care centers, clinics, and hospitals, it is more important than ever before that Medical Assistants stay sharp by continually expanding their medical knowledge.
Allowing healthcare providers to quickly access valuable information and utilize helpful tools anytime, anywhere, medical apps are changing the face of healthcare as we know it.