These are some of the most popular and widely used Medical apps for iPhone and iPad. While most of these apps are meant for Practicing Health Care Professionals and Students, some apps like Pregnancy +, Red Cross First Aid and even Touch Surgery can be used by those who are not exactly related to medical profession.
Epocrates is considered to be the most widely used medical app. According to the App’s Website, Epocrates is currently being used by over a million health care professionals, all over the world.
The app functions as a handy (anytime) medical reference/resource for practicing medical professionals.
It provides prescribing and safety information for thousands of brand, generic and OTC drugs. The app also allows its users to check for the drug manufacturer, FDA approval status and also the retail price of the drugs.
The Merck Manual
Healthcare professionals all over the world have been using the Merck Manual for over 100 years.
Now this widely used medical reference guide is available in the form of an iOS app, providing on demand information for thousands of diseases, conditions, treatments and clinical approaches to each medical disorder.
The app also allows its users to access its content offline, perform full text searches, bookmark favorite topics and also record history of topics reviewed by the users.
The Merck Manual Professional Edition is available for $34.99 from the App Store.
Touch Surgery, Surgical Simulator
Designed by four surgeons in London (UK), Touch Surgery app is designed to simulate surgical procedures on tablets.
The app is being used by trainee surgeons to practice surgery on their iPads and also by practicing surgeons to practice and explain surgical procedures to their patients.
According to its developers, the app is also being used by patients to understand surgical procedures and this is actually making them less anxious and better prepared for their surgery.
Pocket Lab Values
This paid app ($2.99) is suitable for medical students, residents, nurses, and other health care professionals.
The app Provides instant access to over 300 common and uncommon lab values, and also provides detailed information about a particular lab value with links to relevant websites for further reading.
The app provides information about any specifics needed to get accurate results (tell patients to fast the day before, specific foods to avoid that may cause inaccurate results, etc).
Isabel helps medical professionals to double check their diagnoses with peer reviewed and validated case studies.
Isabel’s database includes over 6,000 disease presentations and symptoms with the ability to sort results by age, gender, and travel history.
While the app itself is free, users need to purchase a monthly subscription at $10.99/month or $119.99/year in order to make use of its full functionality.
Doximity is considered to be the official social network app for doctors. The app claims to have over 40% of U.S. Physicians as its members (joining is free).
The app allows its members to find and communicate with other doctors on the network, send HIPAA-secure communication through iPhone, follow news and trends in medical profession.
The app is free to download, but requires its users to sign up for a membership which is also free.
This app provides access to Lexi-Comp’s full library of dental resources with over 160 high quality radio-graphs, 1,000 photographs/images and over 5,000 medication images.
Just like dental procedures, Lexi-Dental is an expensive paid app available for $299.99 for a one year subscription.
Going for a 2-year subscription of Lexi-DENTAL COMPLETE ($570) provides the best value as you get the third year free.
UpToDate app provides a great way for medical students and practicing medical professionals to keep track of medical advancements and news.
UpToDate app provides videos on medical procedures and allows you to email or bookmark any page, so that you can start a conversation with a colleague or save it for future references.
UpToDate has been the subject of over 30 research studies confirming that widespread usage of UpToDate is associated with improved patient care and hospital performance.
RED Cross First Aid
While this is not exactly a medical app, it deserves a mention on this list as accidents and emergencies can happen at any time, and most of us do not know what to do at such times.
That Red Cross First Aid app provides step-by-step instructions to guide you through various first aid scenarios, ranging from cases of severe bleeding, burns, broken bones and heart attacks.
The app contains informative quizzes and safety tips pertaining to natural disasters like severe winter conditions, hurricanes, earthquakes and tornadoes.
The app is fully integrated with a 911 feature and also features pre-loaded content. This makes the app usable even when there is no internet connection (Which is likely to be the case in most natural disasters).
You can download this free app and get more information from Red Cross
Pregnancy + claims to be Worlds No#1 pregnancy app with over 5 million users.
The app allows users to track their health information on a daily basis, log weight, doctor’s appointments and more.
Pregnancy+ syncs with Apple’s Health App, but cannot read from or write to the Health App Database unless the user grants such access.
Users can upload baby scan images and count baby kicks using its kick counter feature.