Top health care apps for physicians

Top health care apps for physicians
By Laura Hale Brockway

With more than 3,600 health care apps currently available, trying to sort out the good apps from the bad can be daunting for physicians. To make it easier, Apple recently released an exclusive collection of apps for health care professionals called the iTunes Room for Healthcare. These are Apple’s selection of best health care reference apps for iPhones or iPads.  Here are Apple’s top picks:

NEJM This Week
From the New England Journal of Medicine, “the latest medical research findings, review articles, and editorial opinion on a wide variety of topics of importance to biomedical science and clinical practice . . .”

“Get quick access to reliable drug, disease, and diagnostic information at the point of care. Epocrates is the #1 mobile drug reference among U.S. physicians.”

The Merck Manual — Professional Edition
“The trusted content of the Professional Editing addresses thousands of diseases and treatments, features clinical approaches to each category of disorder, and provides specific guidance on patient evaluation.”

The Medscape app includes a drug reference, drug interaction checker, disease and condition treatment guide, daily medical news and alerts, CME activities, and unlimited access to all Medscape features.

Echocardiography Atlas
“This app serves as an introductory learning tool for students or a comprehensive visual reference for cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, internists, other physicians, and sonographers.”

“WebMD helps you with your decision-making and health improvement efforts by providing mobile access 24/7 to mobile-optimized health information and decision-support tools including WebMD’s Symptom Checker, Drugs & Treatments, First Aid Information and Local Health Listings.”

DocBook MD
DocBookMD is a physicians-only iPhone app that allows physicians to:
send HIPAA-compliant text messages and photos; assign an urgency setting to outgoing text messages; search a local county medical society directory (including email addresses and photos); and search a local pharmacy directory.

Micromedex Drug Information
Drug Information contains comprehensive information on 4500+ drugs, including generic names, therapeutic class, dosage, indications, warnings, contraindications, drug interactions, and adverse effects.

From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Electronic Preventive Services Selector “was developed to assist primary care clinicians identify the screening, counseling, and preventive medication services that are appropriate for their patients. The ePSS information is based on the current recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and can be searched by specific patient characteristics, such as age, sex, and selected behavioral risk factors.”

PubMed on Tap
PubMed on Tap searches PubMed and allows you to store and email references, link to full-text articles, use advanced search features, store recent searches, and order full-text copies with Loansome Doc Ordering System.

In addition to these reference apps, Apple has compiled top picks for education apps, EMR and patient monitoring apps, imaging apps, point of care apps, and personal care apps.

Do you have any favorite apps to share?