The inexorable rise of mobile apps and mHealth means there are now many medical apps out there designed to help doctors with their work. Through the power of smartphone technology we can have access reliable, up-to-date source of information at our fingertips. Harnessing these medical apps can have a real benefit in time-saving, clinical decision making and helping to make our jobs just that little bit easier.
We’ve scoured the App Stores to give you our top 10 selection of the best medical apps out there for doctors. Add your suggestions in the comments section below
A must have for all junior doctors, the NICE BNF app provides a handy alternative to carrying the hefty BNF book around the wards.
The app provides is a one-stop shop for up-to-date practical information on prescribing, dispensing and administrating medicines and is accessible without an internet connection.
Available free of charge to NHS Staff in England, Wales & Scotland using a valid Athens account.
Easily the app that will save you the most time! We all know how frustrating it can be to finding the right bleep or extension of a hospital department or on-call doctors, and the amount of time wasted calling switchboard. The Induction App provides an up-to-date directory of hospitals extensions and bleep numbers across UK hospitals, cleverly crowd-sourced from doctors. Set your current hospital and dial out directly from the app. Additional useful information such as coffee locations are also available.
The Instagram for Doctors. Figure 1 is medical app for sharing and viewing interesting medical images and cases. Images can be uploaded and shared, leveraging the power of a worldwide medical community to solve diagnostic queries or for the purpose of medical teaching and learning.
GPNotebook provides a concise synopsis of the entire field of clinical medicine specific to the General Practitioner.
They use a range of knowledge sources, including clinical experience, knowledge taken from literature reviews, original research articles and guidelines published by national and international bodies. The database is continually being updated by a team of authors.
The iPhone app is accessible offline and includes unlimited future updates. A cheaper web app is also available.
UpToDate is a premier evidence-based clinical decision support resource, helping doctors make the right decisions at the point of care. Used by more than 1.1 million clinicians in 180 countries with more than 10,500 topic reviews - it is certainly the most comprehensive resource out there for doctors.
It’s worth checking if your Trust has an institutional subscription to get around the subscriptions costs which are fairly hefty.
Whether it’s A-a gradient or SIRS Criteria, the award-winning Mediquations app brings over 230 medical calculations and scoring tools to your fingertips on multiple platforms in including iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch & Android. The app is particularly useful for doctors doing acute specialities where risk stratification/scoring systems are common. Results can easily be shared with colleagues to save time.
Another award-winning and innovative medical app that allows surgeons to practice and rehearse operations before setting foot in the Operating Theatre using realistic 3D animations. The apps you to tap and swipe your way through all the steps of complex operations to practice surgery anytime, anywhere.
A beautifully well-designed app to enable doctors and students to browse through thousands of structures in the human body and hundreds of thousands of words of inter-related learning content. The user interface is much easier to use and more intuitive than similar apps allowing you to easily find what you’re looking for and zoom through in detail on important structures. A great one to have on a surgical teaching round.
BMJ Best Practice provides medical professionals with fast and easy access to the latest relevant information when making diagnosis and treatment decisions. They have combined the latest research evidence, guidelines and expert opinion – presented in a step-by-step approach and covering prevention, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis.
The subscription is pricey but it’s a great learning resource and they offer a 7-day trial to try before you buy.
A simple but effective app to enable health professionals to time both heart rate (HR) and respiratory rate (RR). It is accurate, extremely simple to use and removes the need to perform any calculations, counting or clock watching. It even displays reference range charts for children of all ages.