More mobile phones than computers shipped last year—1.8 billion versus 300 million—according to research from Gartner. Everyone, including doctors, is living in a mobile world powered by apps. While there are hundreds of healthcare apps to choose from, we've put together a comprehensive list of some of the top apps for engaging patients, networking, and medical industry news.
With its drug interactions checking, pill identifier, and medical calculator, this widely used app is indispensible. Currently being used by 50% of U.S. physicians to increase patient safety and improve efficiency.
As a mobile means of patient education, the Blausen English Human Atlas combines 3D medical animations with a cross searchable medical term glossary. This app helps communicate common medical conditions and treatments right at the point of care
This app is able to measure heart rate and breathing rate from a distance by using the camera on the iPad2 or iPhone 4S! Definitely an impressive app for docs wanting to ‘wow’ patients! With the advanced camera, it detects small changes in a patient’s coloring and chest movements for heart and breathing rate.
FREE! iTunes Although similar to Facebook, Doximity is the only HIPPA-compliant mobile messaging system for only verified US physicians. Data in Doximity is synced between the web and mobile app so users will never lose information and can access it from anywhere.
Available for iPhones and Windows phones, Genius Scan+ makes scanning and sharing documents easy. It can turn scans into PDFs, crop and straighten them, and then e-mail them or email as a JPG. As an added bonus, users can export documents to Box.net, Dropbox, Evernote, or Google Docs — and print documents to an AirPrint compatible printer.
Available via iTunes. The New England Journal of Medicine helps keep doctors up-to-date with medical research providing the latest medical research, review, and editorial opinion articles on clinical practice and biomedical science published online in the last 7 days.
Voted as one of New York Times ‘Top 10 Must Have Apps’, Evernote connects all of your computers and phones so you can capture something on one device and then access it from another. Whether you want to create voice reminders, to do lists, capture photos, or take a note, Evernote helps you stay organized while increasing productivity.
As the #1 most downloaded free app in itunes for 2010, Medscape gives healthcare professionals 24/7 access to health information and decision-support tools such as symptom checker, drugs and treatments, first aid information, and local health listings. Medical news and critical alerts are also available in 34 specialty areas.
9. HeartPro lll
Developed in collaboration with Stanford University School of Medicine, this app is most ideal for cardiologist but also for educators or other healthcare professionals seeking to share patient information. This app provides detailed views of the heart and/or animations making education and patient engagement that much easier.
10. SwiftPay MD
Used to capture and post charges for all the services you provide to your patients. This app, available on your iPad or smart phone, allows providers to capture charges at the point-of-care to help move claims through the revenue cycle even faster.
Still having problems choosing which apps will be most beneficial to you and your practice? The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society released a guide designed to help medical professionals evaluate the design, functions, and usability of apps. You can access this guide here.
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