According to MobiHealthNews, there are more than 35,000 health-related apps available for consumers. The unique design and purpose of each app goes far beyond fitness and diet tracking. In fact, there is an estimated 10,000 apps intended for use by medical professionals. These apps are designed to be downloaded into the smartphones of healthcare providers to use at the point of care, including drug reference apps, medical calculators, and even medical dictionaries. Here is a list of Apple’s five top paid apps that can assist any healthcare provider, from a medical student in training to an experienced provider.
1. Micromedex Drug Reference by Truven Health Analytics – $2.99
How it works: Micromedex Drug Reference provides health providers access to the healthcare industry’s most trusted drug information at any given time or place when needed. More than 5,500 hospitals and health organizations in 83 countries rely on Micromedex, with its features including in-line referencing and the full body of evidence.
2. ASCCP Mobile by American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology – $9.99
How it works: ASCCP Mobile provides directed and learner-initiated guidance for screening cervical cancer in patients. This easily navigated app is excellent for healthcare professionals who perform or manage cervical cancer screening because it provides guidelines and algorithms on the same app. It also allows for tracking and recommendations of multiple sequential results for patients.
3. MedCalc, by Mathias Tschopp & Pascal Pfiffner – $1.99
How it works: MedCalc, the professional medical calculator, offers healthcare providers over 300 different calculators, formulas, or scales, scores and classifications. This Medical Calculator’s features include a search function that quickly allows users to go through available formulas such as a pregnancy wheel, dermatome map, eye chart, and growth velocity.
4. Pill Identifier, by Drugs.com – $0.99
How it works: The Pill Identifier includes a searchable database that has more than 24,000 Rx/OTC medications found in the United States. Users are able to search by imprint, drug name, shape, and even color to access important information such as drug images, descriptions, pregnancy category, CSA schedule, strength, and Rx/OTC availability.
5. Critical Care ACLS Guide, by Informed Publishing – $5.99
How it works: The Critical Care ACLS Guide is designed to help physicians, paramedics, and nurses check Advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) drug doses, interpret electrocardiography (EKGs), and search patient medications and more.