7 Medical Apps Healthcare Professionals Use

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As with other industries, mobile apps have changed the experience of healthcare for both patients and providers. Consumers track exercise, diet, sleep patterns, and even vital signs through their smartphones and watches. Medical practices incorporate digital apps to improve online scheduling, send appointment reminders, and provide telemedicine options. And thanks to a variety of medical mobile apps, physicians now have entire medical libraries at their fingertips to confirm a diagnosis, check drug interactions, and collaborate with other HCPs.

Here are some of the most popular medical apps for doctors, nurses and medical students.

1. Epocrates

iOS and Android — Free version available; Epocrates Plus $174.99/year

Epocrates tops many lists as a must-have medical app for healthcare professionals. Popular features include a robust drug database, including an interaction check for up to 30 drugs at one time, as well as pill identification, ICD-10 code search, and alternative medicine information. The athenaText function connects HCPs to a directory of U.S. physicians and provides direct, secure chat between doctors.

2. Medscape

iOS and Android — Free with registration

This medical reference app is a go-to for current research, clinical information, and continuing medical education (CME). Physicians can earn CME/CE credits through online coursework and track their progress within the app. Medscape can also pull news content covering 34 health fields, as well as information about more than 8,500 drugs, herbals and supplements. 

3. PEPID

iOS and Android | Free version available; Specialty suites available for $299.95/year

Designed primarily for emergency room teams, PEPID allows physicians to enter a patient’s symptoms, lab results, and other information to find a likely diagnosis. Providers can browse or search videos of medical procedures, check drug interactions, save favorite content pages, and keep digital notes. 

4.UpToDate 

Android | Free version available; full subscription starts at $579/year for individual physicians

UptoDate lives up to its name and offers physicians the most current information and answers to clinical questions. The app website touts that more than 1.7 million medical providers use UpToDate. The app also offers CME credits, medical calculators, and built-in email functionality, both with patients and other HCPs.

5. DynaMed Plus

iOS and Android | Free with DynaMed subscription; standalone subscription $399/year for physicians and $99.95 for medical students

This medical reference resource has experts reviewing content multiple times a day to ensure information is current and accurate. DynaMed Plus subscribers can access all DynaMed site tools via mobile, including available electronic health record (EHR) integration.

6. Doximity

iOS and Android — Free for qualifying healthcare professionals

Launched as a networking app for physicians and other clinicians, Doximity may be best known for its Dialer feature, which allows doctors to call patients from their own phones but display an office or hospital number. In May 2020, Doximity launched Dialer Video, providing HIPAA-compliant video connections for doctors practicing telehealth. Physicians can also call patients via Doximity directly from within Haiku, Epic’s mobile electronic medical record app. The Dialer Video feature costs $19.99 per month.

7. 3D4Medical

iOS and Android — Free trial with subscriptions starting at $39.99/year for students and $99.99/year for educators and professionals

When it comes to medical imagery, it’s tough to beat 3D4Medical’s detailed illustrations and interactive 3D models. Particularly helpful for patient education, 3D4Medical offers more than 1,500 videos and animations. The 3D functionality allows physicians to rotate, zoom and change visual perspectives on more than 17,000 anatomical structures.

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