There are over 10,000 applications under the Medical category in the iTunes store alone. If we sum up all the available apps for Android, Windows, iOS and BlackBerry, plus the software that is available on desktop computers, we get a huge database of tools to choose from.
Given how many available options are out there, it is definitely hard to pick the one that’s best adapted to your needs. Removing all non-English applications, as well as the ones that are not relevant enough, too pricey or not interesting enough, we got a list of a few good apps that we’d like to share with you.
Editor’s Note: This is part of a new series where we dig down and present to you some of the best apps and software tools available for professionals. Do keep a tab on our ‘Best Apps‘ series and let us know if you want us to cover any particular category of apps.
One of the best medical calculators that you could ever get is MedCalc. It includes a wide variety of formulas, plus information and references for each one of them. Apart from having been voted by over 5,000 people as an amazing tool, it is also completely free to use.
It has been installed by more than 7,000 people by now, and you can get it from the iTunes Store right now. This tool has been specifically designed to work on iPhone 5, as well as most other iPhones, as long as they run on 5.1.1 or a newer version of the same OS.
MedCalc comes in English, but there’s no need to worry if you don’t speak English that well. There are versions for people from other countries, too – you can set yours to work in French, Portuguese, German, Chinese, Spanish, etc. Find out more about the features from its website here.
Another interesting app is the Heart Pro and it is entirely focused on cardiology. Whether you are a doctor in this field or a medicine student, you will find it useful because it comes with 3D that help you look at the human heart from all possible angles.
Although not a free tool, Heart Pro received dozens of good ratings on the internet, and all users seem to love it. The price is $9.99, which is a unique one, so there is no need to subscribe or pay a monthly fee. Apart from having access to all this information and 3D pictures, you can also rotate them and practice cutting open directly on your device.
The app can be used on your tablet or smartphone as long as you have iOS 7.0 or later. You can also give between the various available languages, such as French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Korean and Japanese. Unfortunately, there is no Android application yet, but the developers are said to be working on it.
The same like the one before, CardioMath is a tool that helps cardiologists a lot. Compared to the previous one, though, this app is free to download, and it works a little differently. Being more of a calculator, it comes with 50 common formulas.
By basically doing all the math for you, CardioMath can be used by doctors, as well as medicine students, but also nurses, technicians, pharmacists and many others in the field. You can download it on your Android or iOS device, the only requirements being Android v2.2 or iOS 5.0.
Entirely customized for Android device, PubMed Mobile is a free tool that gives you quick access to PubMed from your smartphone or tablet. If you don’t know about PubMed yet, you should know that it is a website with over 23 million citations from well-known science journals, online books and other resources.
Being completely focused on medicine and including all particular fields, the app lets you look for citations using keywords and access the full article by clicking on the link. All you need to have is Android v1.5 and you’re good to go.
EpocratesIn the drug reference category, you can find an application called Epocrates. This one can be used on both Android and iOS tablets and phones, being totally free to install. It has been voted as one of the best around, and it is definitely one of the most used apps in the medical field.
Thanks to this tool, you can find useful clinical information about various products and prescriptions, including drug interactions and other relevant details. Coming only in English at the moment, Epocrates requires Android 1.5 or iOS 6.0 to function properly.
EMS Tracker works exclusively on iPhones and iPads, being a free app that has been created for the EMS staff. It lets you keep track of everything you do by recording a log of all the critical events occurring every day.
You can take notes using EMS, but you can also add patient details and interventions that you’ve previously made. To make everything easier, you can email the notes afterwards and personalize the events tab to create a maximum of 8 unique ones.
For those who are particularly interested in eyecare, EyeChart is a really useful and interesting app. It can be used for free, and it has been specifically designed for iOS. The basic version lets you measure the visual acuity of any patient using the reknown eye chart that you’re probably familiar with.
Apart from this, the PRO version lets you customize the charts and use it remotely from another device. Being very useful for home visits, both of them are free to download and come with an English interface that is very easy to use and understand.
iOS 3.2 is enough for the EyeChart basic version while you will need to have version 4.2 installed for the PRO one. You can find out more about their individual features from iTunes by going to the main web page here or to the one for the PRO.
One of the most reknown tools that every doctor should use is Medscape. You can get it on iPhone and Android, as well, and it is free of charge and subscription-free. This one is particularly useful in terms of diagnosis support and comes with drug information, news, pharmacy and physicians directories, etc.
It is currently used by over 30,000 customers, and its general rating is of 3 stars out of 5. Including references for more than 7,000 drugs and 3,500 diseases, it does a great job at providing you with the right information at the right time.
You can get it on your Kindle Fire, iPad, Android device or iPhone, only needing to have iOS 7 or Android v2.3.3. Find out more about the mobile applications for Medscape right from their main web page, where you can also read customer reviews and check the ratings.
Staying up-to-date with all the important medical news is also part of what makes you a successful professional in the field. A good way to do this is to download the MedPage Today application on your tablet or smartphone.
This tool is adapted for both Android and iOS phones, so all you need to do is go to iTunes or Google Play and look it up. It is free to get and only comes in English, since the entirety of the news are collected from English journals.
If you have an iPhone, all you need to have is iOS 7.0 or a later version, and in case you own an Android smartphone or tablet, you will have to make sure it’s running on Android 4.0.You can also set alerts for notifications and find out more about your favorite topics right away.
Last but not least, we all know that there are plenty of eponyms being used in medicine. Whether you are a student who is just getting familiar with them now, a young doctor or an experienced professional, there will always be some terms that you just can’t remember at all.
Eponyms is an Android & iOS application that includes more than 1,700 popular phrases and pathologies that you need to know. It has been specifically created for students, but it can also serve professionals, as it is a great way to refresh your knowledge.
You can find out more about it on Google Play or from the iTunes Store, and all you need to have is a smart device to download it on. Completely free to download, the tool requires iOS v4.3 or Android v1.5.