5 Excellent iPhone Apps for Health & Medical Reference

April 27th, 2010 by editor25 Leave a reply »

In today’s incredibly technologically advanced world, the iPhone has become one of the best resources for Health and Medical students or professionals. Already the home of thousands of applications, there are a wide variety of helpful apps that can prove to be invaluable to any kind of person within the healthcare profession – students or professionals. The iPhone is perfect for every kind of person, so if you have ever found yourself in need of help or advice, this list of 5 of the best health and medical reference iPhone apps is the perfect read for you.

The first app this list is Medscape. Released in 2009, the introduction of Medscape sparked a wide range of interest from medical professionals all across the globe. Following extensive updates and changes, this app has now overtaken some of the top medical apps available with its main advantage being it is absolutely free to use. Medscape includes a fantastic drug reference section which features over 6,000 generic, brand and OTC drugs, as well as a drug interaction checker. But recent updates have secured Medscape at the top of the pile by including a Diseases and Conditions section and a Clinical Procedures section. This app is the best free iPhone app available today, offering up invaluable information and reference to any member of the medical profession.

Before Medscape, there was a forerunner for the best app which is still considered today to be one of the best apps around-even being advertised by many med schools and medical institutions. Epocrates, although now ranked second best, still includes some extremely unique features you may not yet find on Medscape. Epocrates includes a specially designed medical calculator, as well as unique option to indentify unknown pills. The Pill identification feature allows you to enter the pill’s characteristics, such as size, shape, color, film coating etc, in order to accurately give you the pill name and the pills uses. Epocrates is a free web app, however for more extensive results; you have the option to upgrade for a small fee, in order to gain access to a lot more information and features.

iRadiology, although it sounds quite specialized, is actually a great app for any medical professional – students and residents in particular. iRadiology includes an extensive catalog of over 500 different radiology cases, allowing medical students and residents to perfect their CT, MRI and plain film reading skills. The cases are derived from acclaimed doctor, Dr. Gillian Lieberman, currently the Director of Harvard Medical Student training, and the Associate Director of the Residency Program at Beth Israel Medical Center. Such an extensive wealth of radiology cases is not only perfect for radiology students, but most medical students too, as almost every medical professional will encounter a plain film, CT or MRI scan at some point during their careers, so it’s good to know what to look out for.

If you’ve ever been stuck on a certain diagnosis, symptom, injury, or any other kind of medical issue, then the Medical Encyclopedia is a must have app for you. The Medical Encyclopedia, contains more than 50,000 pages of in-depth and consumer friendly information perfect for doctors and students alike. It features a wide variety of diseases, symptoms, nutritional facts, and medical tests, as well as some helpful YouTube videos for when you need quick information under pressure. It’s a free app that most within the medical profession have deemed invaluable thanks to its extensive wealth of information.

Finally, one app in particular which is widely used amongst doctors during the point of care has to be Diagnosaurus DDx. Diagnosaurus DDx is a quick reference tool that can help healthcare professionals perform differential diagnosis quickly, efficiently and with confidence at crucial points. It is used by hundreds of thousands of doctors throughout the world, whether looking to secure their confidence in a diagnosis, or simply consider other alternative causes of illness. It is also used by students, who use the app to access an extensive variety of medical issues and symptoms for when they themselves will be diagnosing patients. The Diagnosaurus also allows you to ‘favorite’ common ailments specific to a common ailment of the time. You can also save specific searches, as well as bookmark different pages in your own, personal archive. A quick and easy app perfect for any kind of medical professional and the best part is that it’s only $0.99!

So, be sure to download the above excellent apps for the iPhone, ensuring that you have set yourself a fantastic foundation for a fulfilling and rewarding career in healthcare. Currently, as it stands, there is currently less than 1000 different medical and health apps available at the moment, ranging from free to the expensive. However, every professional is different, and thanks to the iPhone and iPhone apps, you can now search and download apps that are perfect for your specialized field.

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