We live in a connected world, and one very specific benefit is the availability of medical apps that make a healthcare professional’s job a bit easier. Here we take a look at 9 free, top-rated medical apps that medical insiders swear by and are almost guaranteed to have on their phones.
9 Amazing Medical Apps (& They're All FREE!)
Doctors and nurses can make decisions on the fly with this robust app. A product of WebMD, Medscape allows users to look up medications, find for potential drug interactions, keep up with current healthcare news, use medical calculators and so much more. It’s newest version includes a drug identification feature for prescriptions, over-the-counter meds and supplements. It’s quite simply reference at your fingertips.
Frequently referred to as the Instagram for medical professionals, Figure 1 is a visually based app populated with images uploaded by healthcare providers. With often graphic images shared for either teaching purposes or to get second opinions by other medical professionals, Figure 1 if useful for both industry pros and non-medical voyeurs alike. Though non-medical providers are not able to comment, it is still highly educational for anyone who downloads.
While you can’t get your M.D. from Meducation, it is a free resource for continuing education (though it doesn’t offer CEUs). Often recommended for med students, this app is populated with medical news, useful resources and compelling stories that illustrate many of the mysteries and wonders of modern medicine.
This medical app, which improves quality of care for non-English speaking patients, is designed for use by a variety of healthcare professionals, from physicians and nurses to administrators and medical students. By removing the language barrier between patient and medical professional, MediBabble ensures information provided by both parties is accurate and clearly understood. Pre-written, physician-approved translated questions and instructions are available as high-quality audio recordings and are available in five languages — Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Haitian Creole and Russian.
Patients enjoy the convenience of TouchCare’s anytime access to their doctor, and physicians appreciate the efficiency and convenience of this alternative to office visits. The secure, HIPAA-compliant app allows for follow-up questions, medication refills, test result discussion and more.
Nurses enjoy the convenience of this app, which in full-disclosure, Relode is thrilled to be partnering with. (Read about the Relode-NurseGrid partnership.) NurseGrid is filled with convenient features that make shift scheduling and swapping a breeze. Track your shifts, sync with your smart phone calendar app, see who you’re working with, find someone to pick-up your shift and now, with our partnership, you can search and apply for nursing jobs within the app.
In the same vein as Figure 1, SERMO is a medical crowdsourcing app that allows physicians to consult with one another in an effort to solve challenging medical cases. A self-described global medical network, the app has physicians participating from more than 20 countries in a private, secure network where members share images, ask questions and find solutions to even the most mysterious medical cases.
If your patient is a visual thinker, or if an explanation is proving to difficult to comprehend, drawMD is a wonderful option for medical professionals to explain conditions, procedures and the like. Pre-loaded templates include professionally created medical drawings for 17 specialties including OB/GYN, orthopedics, pediatrics, anesthesia, cardiology, breast health, ENT, transplants, urology, thoracic surgery and more. Easy to use, drawMD is a wonderful asset to have at your disposal to ensure your patient has a clear understanding of diagnosis and treatment.
Similar to MediBabble Translator, Universal Doctor Speaker is another medical translation app designed to support the refugee crisis. The multilingual app offers more than 500 of the most common and crucial medical phrases in 17 different languages, which include Arabic, Somali, Portuguese, Catalan, Russian, Romanian and more. Designed for use by both physician and patient, Universal Doctor Speaker features audio medical translation that has been reviewed by medical professionals, and linguistic and translation professionals. Because it works offline, once it’s downloaded, no WiFi is required for use, making it ideal for medical professional working in rural and remote parts of the world.
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