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The Top 10 Free iPad Medical Applications For Doctors And Students

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    1. Medscape


    Once again, Medscape is the top free iPad medical app. The Medscape app has been downloaded more than 500,000 times in the App Store, and with good reason.


    The App’s Drug Reference section is arguably the best in the App Store. Many of our readers have commented how this app has replaced the prior “go-to” drug reference app — Epocrates.


    Along with drug reference information, the app contains an Interaction checker, News, and CME education.


    Unlike many other medical apps that are merely expanded versions of their iPhone counterparts, Medscape has done a great job of building their app specifically for the iPad. This is evident with the comprehensive search functioning, allowing you to quickly look up a drug or how to do a lumbar puncture with lightening speed.


    The app also enables users to have offline access to its contents. Crucial for providers who don’t have a wireless plan for their iPad or for those who don’t have a dedicated Wi-Fi connection to count on.


    One of the more subtle surprises of this app is the ability to look up herbal drugs — something you’ll be pressed to find with any other free drug reference tool.


    2. MicroMedex


    MicroMedex remains one of the most under-rated medical apps for the iPad. The app is a fantastic prescription drug reference tool. There is no registration required, and the overall user interface is clean and easy to use. It’s a go-to app for many medical institutions, and widely popular with pharmacists.


    The only downside of the app is a constant pop-up that appears asking users to download their “prescription interaction-checker” app that costs $10.


    Other than this small annoyance, the app itself has a surplus of knowledge. As the below video shows, some of our favorite sections of the app are the Toxicology and Clinical Teaching sections.


    3. Calculate by QxMD


    Every physician knows having a good medical calculator is crucial in almost any specialty. One of the unique characteristics of this app is the ability for providers to search for calculators by specialty. While this might seem like a good idea, most providers don’t actually scroll through to find calculators they want to use. Rather, we often use the search feature for the medical calculators we want to use.


    In our testing, we would have preferred if the Search function was more readily available, instead of being behind the scenes, as our demonstration video indicates.


    Once you get past this downside, the algorithms and calculators the app provides are plentiful, and more importantly, easy to use. The developers of the app provide a nice double panel user interface for quickly plugging in information.


    Check out the video to see the double panel display. Unfortunately the app doesn’t utilize this in vertical mode.


    4. Patient Education apps: Draw MD series / Cancer.net / inMotion 3D


    The iPad has not only improved the physician workflow with a gamut of reference applications, but it has enabled us to communicate better with our patients — quite possibly the device’s most resounding accomplishment.


    In the past year we have seen an influx of medical apps aiming to help improve the physician patient relationship.


    The flagship of this ideal has to be the Draw MD series. The Draw MD apps do exactly what their name state. They enable physicians to draw out surgical procedures to their patients in a palatable manner.


    The series contains nine app currently, with seven specialties covered: Cardiology, General Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, OB/GYN, Urology, ENT, and Anesthesia.


    To get a true insight into how this app can be used by physicians check out the below video where we demo some of the Draw MD apps. These apps by Draw MD alone should give physicians a legitimate reason to purchase an iPad.


    Cancer.net is not an app that physicians themselves can use, but is an app included on this list due to its ability to transform a patient’s cancer experience. We included this app in our list of three healthcare apps physicians should consider prescribing to patients. The app is a product of the American Society of Clinical Oncology(ASCO). It enables patients to meticulously track their cancer therapy and also provides them a wealth of legitimate information on their disease. Physicians should consider prescribing this app to every patient who is going through cancer therapy.


    InMotion 3D is an app by the Stryker Corporation, a medical device company with a focus on orthopedics. The app can be used for patient education of knee anatomy. Obviously, Stryker is promoting their own devices within the app, but the 3D interactive anatomy of the app is tremendously fun to use. In the below video we show the type of fun you can have with the app.


    5. AHRQ ePSS


    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) should be commended for moving into the mobile space. Whereas pharma and other sectors of the medical industry are struggling to “go mobile” — the US Department of HHS has had an iPhone app available for about two years now.


    Aptly named “Electronic Preventive Services Selector”, their iPad app does not disappoint. Bringing the United States Preventive Services Task Force’s (USPSTF) recommendations to mobile form. Although if you’re a Urologist, you might not care for the USPSTF’s recommendations (reference their decision of PSA and Prostate cancer screening — we couldn’t help but inject some humor into this piece).


    One of the neat features of the ePSS app is the ability to link to HTML calculator pages within the app. For example, in the below video we show how the app links to a Risk Assessment tool for estimating the 10-year risk of having a heart attack — based on the Framingham Heart study.


    There are even sections linking you to patient education PDF files, enabling you to email your patients learning material. In future iterations we would love to see a comprehensive search function within the app.


    6. Radiology 2.0: One Night in the ED


    When I show this app to residents and attending physicians, their first question is, “How expensive is this?”. I have always gotten a look of shock when I explain to them the app is free.


    The reason for the look of shock is due to the massive amount of content curated for the app. The app contains 65 Radiology cases that pertain to Emergency Medicine — but knowledge that can be used for almost every other specialty. The content has been curated by Daniel Cornfeld MD, who is an Assistant Professor at Yale University School of Medicine.


    A text explanation of this app does not do it justice, and in the video we show how in-depth the cases are in regards to teaching. In short, when using Radiology 2.0 you feel like a radiology attending is sitting next to you teaching you each individual case.


    This app is a must download for every medical professional, no matter your level of training.


    7. Free iBooks


    The release of iBooks 2 and the accompanying iBooks author has created a massive gap in the market for interactive electronic textbooks created by physicians, for physicians. The iBooks Author desktop application has lowered the barrier of entry for those interested in creating interactive textbooks. Now, Physicians armed with the desktop application and without prior programming skills are able to create beautiful medical textbooks at home, and publish them in the iBooks store — immediately making texts available to tens of millions of individuals.


    iBooks now contains a range of medical texts that have been heavily featured here at iMedicalapps.


    Since Apple’s announcement and our commentary, we have seen two acclaimed medical iBooks released, both free.


    The first to launch was by Dr. Ed Wallitt of Podmedics, called “The Podmedics Do Surgery”. The iBook contains a range of interactive media including videos, podcasts, questions,and more. As the title states, the book is about common pathology seen in Surgery, and how to manage surgical patients.


    The second major medical iBook to launch is by a medical student in the UK, Stuart Stewart, who created an iBook to help students understand and learn the Brachial Plexus to a greater details.


    8. 3D Virtual Simulation Medical Apps: Upper Respiratory Virtual Lab / iLarynx


    Learning about the airway takes a completely different meaning with these two apps. Even if you’re not in critical care medicine, you can appreciate the sophistication and ingenuity behind these apps.


    Upper Respiratory Virtual Lab, created by the Georgia Health Sciences University, is a straightforward 3D animation app that guides users through the upper respiratory system at a macro level. Those of us who grew up with the Magic School Bus cartoons will appreciate the “ground level” approach this app takes in teaching the Upper Airway — demonstrated in the below video.


    iLarynx has to be one of the most ingenious iPad medical apps we’ve seen in the App Store. The idea itself is the focal point, whereas the practicality of the app needs more work. The premise of the the app is you are about to intubate with fiberoptic laryngoscopy — and you have to use the iPad’s accelerometer as well as on screen buttons to manipulate the scope in order to secure the airway.


    I’ve used a fiberoptic scope to intubate before, and I must admit, this app does offer a relatively accurate description of how the scope manipulates. However, there are a massive amount of variables not taken into account: namely, not everyone intubates with fiberoptic scopes at the head of the bed. These things as an aside, it should again be emphasized that this is one of the most ingenious app ideas we’ve seen for the iPad.


    9. Free Journals and PDF management solutions: Lancet / Circulation / Dropbox / Evernote


    As more medical professionals are reading on their iPad — medical journals have realized the importance of shifting their content to an iPad friendly form.


    Earlier this month, we published a well received compilation list of all the medical journals that had made the transition to the iPad. We were surprised by the number, over 60 medical journals are available for the iPad — we had presumed the list to be significantly less.


    Most of the iPad Journal apps require a subscription to use, such as the New England Journal of Medicine


    10. MedPage Today


    MedPage Today has always been one of our favorite apps. To those not familiar, MedPage Today is an online medical news service for physicians and healthcare professionals. The site enables physicians to keep up to date on breaking medical news, as well as providing CME activities within the app.


    MedPage Today’s iPad app has gone through tremendous changes in the past month alone.


    Recently MedPage Today partnered with Thomas-Reuters Healthcare to provider prescription drug monographs along with disease pathology information.


    This is a huge step in establishing MedPage Today as one of the must have apps for healthcare professionals. If MedPage Today can optimize the user interface on their drug monographs and disease pathology information, this app could eventually rival the Medscape iPad app.

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    Yes..Medscape is a really good application...we can access even offline to a huge reliable up-to-date database..in addition to above which is not listed here,is a free application called "Prognosis:Your diagnosis"..good way to learn the clinical art of medicine...it improves rational reasoning and brush up the young minds of medical students and even graduated doctors..that's what all a good doctor needs..facts,hypotheses,drugs etc will change with time..but the clinical art of approaching a patient's problem will never change
    here are some screenshots from my android...really appreciate these kind of innovative android/ios applications..

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    very importantly at end they give an evaluation of our case handling and a detailed discussion on how to arrive at diagnosis..i think its really worth for medical students and for doctors both


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    The article is useful! Thanks everyone!
     

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