There are now 10,275 unique apps (and counting) in the App Store labeled under the “Medical” and “Healthcare & Fitness” categories. This is a significant increase from the 1,544 apps we filtered through while writing last year’s version of this article. By popular request, we decided to update our post with the best iPhone and iPad apps for medical students and healthcare professionals.
We followed the same approach as last year: remove non-English apps, omit consumer apps and junk (e.g. “iWeeducation” and “Beauty Tips”), then sort by popularity. We narrowed down a list of 70 apps and sorted them them into 27 categories based on medical specialty and application type. We also identified those that are designed uniquely for the iPad. Overall we are seeing a greater level of sophistication in the features and functionality of mobile medical apps, but we are still disappointed that there is not yet a critical mass of iPhone apps that access the leading electronic health record (EHR) systems.
Without further ado, here is your list of the best medical iPhone and iPad apps for physicians and medical students.
Anesthesiology i-pocketcards – $3.99 – Designed for both the iPhone and the iPad, this app is a clinical reference guide with a compilation of scores, classification, algorithm and dosage information necessary for the Anesthetics environment. It has received a 4-star rating and several high reviews.
Gas Guide: Anesthesia Quick Reference – Free – Over 100 ratings for all versions with an average of 3 stars. This is a quick reference guide intended for students and residents. It provides operative safety checklists, common medications, airway and meds by weight and other anesthesia information.
Anesthesia (Vol 1): PhysicianBoardReview Q&A – $9.99 – Designed for both the iPhone and iPad. Offers 100 questions and answers with detailed explanations and references. Designed to help students, residents, fellows, nurses, assistants and others prepare for board certification, recertification and USMLE.
MedCalc (Medical Calculator) – Free – MedCalc is a free medical calculator, that gives you easy access to a wide array of medical formulas and scores. Includes Detailed information and bibliographic references for each formula. This app has received over 5,077 ratings and has an average of 3.5 stars. According to the developer, it has been downloaded over 700,000 times.
Mediquations Medical Calculator – $4.99 – Developed for both the iPhone and iPad. This is an Apple “Staff Favorite” and has nearly 200 5-star ratings. It includes 229 formulas and scoring tools, provides support for both US and SI units and offers references, detailed information and Pubmed links for each scoring tool. Designed for both the iPhone and iPad.
Drug Infusion – An IV Med Drip Rate Infusion Calculator – $0.99 – An intravenous medication drip rate calculator designed for the ICU nurse or anesthesia provider. Ensures accurate calculations for dose, concentration or IV rate, and offers both weight based and non-weight based calculations with unit conversion flexibility.
Read more about more iphone apps for doctors in Techsavvy Doctors Buzz -part 2.