Healthcare Providers? Yes,There is an App for That!

In this day and age there is an app for just about everything!  New healthcare and medical related applications are being developed constantly. Applications can be downloaded right to your Smartphone, Ipad, Netbook, PC or other device. These apps are geared towards healthcare providers as well as patients.

With over 45,000 reviews on Itunes, Epocrates is a popular resource among healthcare providers. With this app you can review prescription, over the counter and generic drug dosing information, side effects and interactions with other drugs. Pills can quickly be identified by their codes or physical characteristics. Medical news, research, disease processes, lab guides and many other clinical tools come with this application.

iRadiology is a great app for medical students and radiology students. iRadiology allows you to view hundreds of radiological abnormalities, allowing for quick comparison or to find trends. The user can do keyword searches to find medical cases pertaining to radiology, including photos that have a zoom feature. You can even view unlabeled abnormalities and test your own knowledge. This app was created by Dr. Gillian Lieberman, the Director of Harvard Medical Student Education.

Skyscape offers a free medical app, popular among healthcare providers and students in the healthcare field. The free option includes; drug guide, drug dosage calculator, clinical trial results, drug alerts, breaking medical news and a large variety of information on various clinical topics. There are over 600 premium resources in 35 medical specialties that can be purchased for this application. Some of the popular purchases include; Davis’s Drug Guide for Nurses, 5-Minute Clinical Consult, Fitzpatrick’s Color Atlas and Synopsis of Clinical Dermatology and The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy. Skyscape is available on multiple mobile platforms, including: iOS, Android, and Blackberry.  Omnio is a recent app made by Skyscape. With Omnio, healthcare providers can customize their favorite medical must-haves in one place. Omnio has similar features as the Skyscape app, but allows the user to be very involved in what is in the app, and in what order.

With Microdemex, healthcare professionals no longer need to carry around a drug guide nor worry about buying the updated version each year. This is a one stop shop for all your prescription and over the counter drug information. This application can easily be installed on your Smartphone, making it very convenient in the clinical setting. Microdemex offers drug interaction, pediatric dosing information, IV compatibility, patient education and tips on patient engagement when it comes to their healthcare.

There are many applications geared towards specialties as well. A quick internet search will pull up an app on just about any topic. Google Play offers apps for Android users.  The Itunes store is a good resource for Mac, iPad and iPhone users. Take advantage of new technology! Ultimately making your work more efficient, this in turn will better patient care. Next week we will take a look at the applications out there geared towards patients.

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