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UPDATE 4/29/2017: This post has been updated with additional apps and commentary based on some great suggestions and feedback in the comments.
Increasingly, everyone, including doctors, is living in a mobile world.

As “mHealth” becomes more popular and patients adopt health tracking apps and fitness measuring wearables such as Fitbits, savvy physicians know they will get a lot of benefits from using mobile health apps in their practices.

The market for mHealth will reach $21.5 billion globally by 2018, according to estimates from market research firm BCC Research. The category includes everything from your calorie counter website to telemedicine apps that let you video chat and text with your doctor.

However, only 15% of mHealth apps are even marketed to doctors, so how do you sift through all the patient and fitness-centered apps to find ones that may actually be helpful in a clinical setting?

Luckily, I’ve already done the legwork for you.  Below is a list of the best medical apps, based on reviews and number of downloads, for doctors and physicians, specifically.

1. Epocrates

This is the gold standard of medical apps.  Available for both iOS and Android, and with millions of downloads across the country, doctors are using this app to look up drug information and interactions, find other providers for consults and referrals, and quickly calculate patient measurements like BMI.

While the app itself and most of its content is free, access to additional information and functionality (like lab guides, alternative medications, and disease information) requires an in-app purchase of Epocrates Essentials for $159.99 a year.

2. PEPID

PEPID is a frequently updated clinical decision-support reference app targeted toward emergency room physicians, but it can be useful to nurses, students, residents, pharmacists, EMTs, and paramedics. With it, you can earn Continuing Medical Education Credits while actually treating patients.

Users must log into PEPID the first time they use it on their phones, but never again after that. PEPID automatically uploads all notes to the cloud. Symptom Checker helps you diagnose faster by suggesting possible ailments based on your patient’s symptoms, physical exam findings, and lab results. A filtered checker alerts you to possible multidrug interactions, all on one page, and offers dosing suggestions.

PEPID offers profiles of diseases, medical conditions, and treatment options with research from the American Academy of Emergency Medicine, American College of Emergency Physicians, and the Family Physicians Inquiries Network.

Brush up on your skills with the hundreds of reference videos for clinical procedures and physical examinations. Push notifications keep you up-to-date on new research, drug approvals, and black box warnings.

3. UpToDate

Another heavy hitter, the UpToDate app can be downloaded for both iOS and Android devices.  Hundreds of thousands of physicians have installed this app, and for good reason.  It is chock full of medical knowledge that allows it to answer clinical questions at the point of need.

However, it’s also not cheap.  While downloading the app is free, in order to actually access the wealth of information contained within it, you or your organization needs to have a subscription to the UpToDate database.  This starts at $499 a year for an individual physician.

4. Doximity

This is the official app for the social network for doctors.  Doximity claims 40% of U.S. Physicians are members (joining is free) and this app allows you to access the network on-the-go.  With both iOS and Android versions, you can find and communicate with other doctors on the network, send HIPAA-secure faxes through your phone, and follow news and trends in your specialty.

The app is free to download, but does require you to sign up for membership in the network (again, free).

5. Read by QxMD

Read is an app for both iOS and Android that centralizes all your medical literature and journals.  Using a magazine format, it allows you to read and download studies, journals, and articles from a host of sources including open access journals, Pubmed, and papers from linked institutions.

With tens of thousands of installs, and plenty of free content this is a no-brainer for physicians looking to keep current in their specialty.  The app is free, but some journals and Pubmed may require an institutional or individual subscription or credentials.

5. NEJM This Week

Access recent articles, view images of medical conditions, and listen to audio and video summaries of articles with this app from the trusted New England Journal of Medicine.  Available only for iOS devices, this app also includes videos of medical procedures, and reports on recent research findings.

This app is totally free to download and access.

7. Isabel

Isabel is a diagnosis assistance app for iOS and Android.  With its results validated by studies which have been peer reviewed in dozens of different medical journals, this app is a solid way for any physician to double check their diagnoses.  Isabel’s database includes over 6,000 disease presentations and symptoms, and the ability to refine results by age, gender, and travel history.

This app does require online access, however, and while the app itself is free, in order to use any of its functionality and data you need to purchase a monthly subscription of $10.99, or an annual one of $119.99 per year.

8. Figure 1 

View and share medical images with other physicians using this free iOS and Android app.  Hundreds of thousands of users send, comment on, and search through medical images in Figure 1’s visual database.  This app is perfect for physicians looking for feedback on a rare condition, or seeking to see and learn about rare or textbook cases.  Additionally, the app guarantees patient privacy with automatic face-blocking and removal of identifying information.

This app is free to download and use.

9. DynaMed Mobile

In both iOS and Android flavors, this app brings the powerful DynaMed reference database to mobile.  Subscribers to DynaMed ($395 a year for an individual physician) will get the full functionality of the decision support tool on their smartphone or another device.

Functionality includes disease references, point of care information, and summaries of over 3,400 different topics, with constant updates as DynaMed’s team looks over new studies and evidence to add to the database.

10. Medscape

This app, by WebMD, is another great medical reference tool offered on iOS and Android.  The app is completely free, but does require you to register for a free account (which you can do through the app itself) to use it.  Once done, you can look up medications and drugs, check the disease reference tool, catch up on medical news, and much more.

10. Virtual Practice for Doctors

A free, mobile-based EMR, this app is accessible through iOS and Android devices, as well as online.  Both the app and service are free, though you can upgrade to a premium version with advanced features like a patient portal and custom domain.  However, the free version offers a great avenue to communicate with patients outside the office, and includes video chat, remote patient monitoring, and the ability to answer typed patient questions.

What apps do you use?

Have any favorite medical apps you just can’t do without in your office?  Add them in the comments below!

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I would include DynaMed’s mobile app in that group. It is a clinical information resource that is unbiased and synthesizes original evidence for easy access at the point-of-care. I was using this daily in my practice long before I decided to join their amazing team! There’s a version for iOS and Android and it’s less expensive than other similar tools.

Thomas, great addition. Looks like folks can download the DynaMed app if they have a subscription here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dynamed/id346785717?mt=8

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Share Practice is an amazing FREE app to connect with doctors and view ailements and treatments. It’s been very beneficial to my practice!

MEDSCAPE is an essential app for physicians.
I think it should be placed top of the list of free apps.

I can add this whole category of medical apps that can be used for education and reference by doctors. http://www.androidmedical.com/apps-education

I have been using a app Needstreet Contiunous care which helps me store reports and other medical data in one place. And i could ask questions to my doctors and do video consultation with them with prior appointments. They have one app for the doctor end and that is called the Virtual Practice.
Check out :-
http://www.needstreet.com

I would like to share a free app that will be useful for doctors and patients to store health records electronically. Its called healthmemo you can know more here http://healthmemo.in/

I like and use Digitalis. Neat and functional app that enables me to follow all the medical news and to create CPD profile. It is available for both Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.creationapplication.digitalis and iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/digitalis/id872456066?mt=8 and it is really helping me as a medical doctor. There are great number of useful references too

I will include icliniq’s “Ask a doctor” android app with this list. The app is really good for people who seek medical advice via text messages and phone call-back from real doctors.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.orane.icliniq

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White Coat Duel is a pretty good app where you can learn about the very newest articles while playing against your colleagues.

Humouno is a human-first mobile Medical Record app that can comprehensively create a medical record (also called HumoNote) in less than 2 minutes.

Download the intuitive mMR at Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.humouno.mobile&hl=en

A startup called Zippr ( http://www.zippr.in ) has integrated with many ambulance services to relay locational information which enables ambulances to be guided via GPS navigation straight to the patient. Add this to the list too (Zippr 108)

Try to keep your patient record in your mobile with 100% privacy of data

This is totally free on android play store…..

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.aspeage.doctorassist

Nice list, thanks for that as I was currently looking for couple of apps.

I would also like to add “Internal Medicine Question of the Day” from Learn From Apps (www.learnfromapps.com) to the list. We have been collectively using is it for last few months at our hospital and we all have great things to say. They promise to deliver a medical question and a detailed explanation every single day. It is certainly a good way to keep up with the new stuff, and then ofcourse, also helpful for certification/re-certification.

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/internal-medicine-question/id946055953?mt=8
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.imquestion&hl=en

For medical students and residents, check out JOURNAL CLUB APP, which summarizes all the landmark clinical trials that all the fellows, attendings bring up on rounds. Like cliff notes or spark notes for evidence-based research! Super popular among residencies…

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For medical students and residents, check out JOURNAL CLUB APP, which summarizes all the landmark clinical trials that all the fellows, attendings bring up on rounds.

We have been collectively using is it for last few months at our hospital and we all have great things to say.

It is more than 7 there haha. There are great amount of stuffs which need to be remembered back in med school. I do think this will help freshen up their knowledge and even give them idea to treat patients in a better way. Great list by the way Mr. Medved!

We have been marketing and working on a project called Patient manager and DOCISS EMR http://www.dociss.com (its the same product with two brand names for different regions) in Europe and the MEA region.
We have a startup free version available on our website, do not hesitate to download it and review it in case you are interested.
It is a general Purpose EMR that can be adapted to various specialties and is constantly developing new features to make it lighter and more robust.

Thank you for your consideration.

Thanks Sarah!

We updated the post to include more options, but the headline didn’t change.

Access over 500+ helpful medical topics and references. get o’read reading app. I recommend to medical study lovers.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.knowledgeflow.oread

MedShr is a a free, case-based education platform that aims to build a professional, secure network of clinicians of all seniorities and specialities to improve on-going medical education. MedShr also hosts videos and has a unique in-app patient consent system so that the app overcomes the patient confidentiality.

Download the app: http://medshr.it/download-medshr-appb
Learn more about MedShr: https://en.medshr.net

My entirely biased suggestion:

Over the past two years I have developed a database of over 800 likelihood ratios of tests (history, radiology, physical exam etc.) spanning most specialities. The likelihood ratios are completely FREE for all to access and are found on my website lrdatabase.com and on an app I developed for iPhone / iPad called DxLogic
(https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/id943680508). There’s no android version out yet, but the website is mobile friendly.

I was spurred to create this resource as I found that LRs are a great idea in theory, but in practice, it’s so hard to actually remember (and apply) them all. My resource not only contains hundreds of LRs but will actually do all the math of calculating the post-test probabilities for you.

There are some other app databases of LRs, but what spurred me to create my own was that none I found was very easy to navigate, most only included the JAMA articles, and none reported 95% confidence intervals. My resource is also the first to suggest pre-test probabilities based on clinical presentation direct from the literature. It also has decision rule calculators (Alvarado score, Canada CT-head rule) directly built in.

Despite my obvious bias, it’s FREE, and I think pretty useful for any doc to have!

I’d like to recommend one to the list! Touch Surgery is a free surgery simulation app that acts as a great educational platform for surgeons, residents, and even medical students. I know there are lots of surgical procedures in there and they’re always adding more. http://www.touchsurgery.com

Hi Richard Abi Chahla,

It looks like DOCISS EMR is a better fit for our list of free and open source EMRs:

http://blog.capterra.com/top-7-free-open-source-emr-software-products/

PARACHUTE app is revolutionary lifesaving detection and alerting app for exercise-related cardiac arrest and is now enrolling Beta testers. Please fill-in the form at http://parachute-app.com/Beta-Testing-Enrollment.php
Hope you like this new app, that we called PARACHUTE, just in initial beta testing phase. We are a team of Research Cardiologists, and we designed this application for automatic detection of exercise-related cardiac arrest and automatic emergency SMS
alerting, just with the use of a Bluetooth chest strap, with GPS data for navigation to the scene. Please have a look, if you like. We would also be honored if you would consider to enrol in beta testing which is now open.
Thanks
Nicola Gaibazzi MD PhD
http://www.parachute-app.com

Check out this simple, nimble Android app designed to select the appropriate cardiac stress test for different clinical situations.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.khadivimedical.stresstestselector

Hi all,

Anatomy is a fundamential science in medicine. Due to difficulty in learning and revising anatomy on the go it is essential to carry an electronic reference.
I’ve installed 3D Organon Anatomy on my iPhone where I can view 3D anatomy and study the cinical significance of anatomical structures.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/3d-organon-anatomy/id1055273073?mt=8

3D Organon Anatomy atlas is my beloved app on iPad. I couldn’t pass the anatomy component on my USMLE Step 1 exam without it.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LRhsAFSf0sc

Great app for android and I phone for bedside resuscitation. Guides code teams through ACLS protocols; multiple timers with alarms keep code on track, searches for causes and provides automatic full documentation. Fantastic for medical residents and critical care docs.

iLabsDDx should be added to the list of must-haves.
I cannot believe its totally free!
It interprets and give full explanations of blood gases, has full differentials of electrolytes abnormalities, recommends management of DKA and renal failure, and even has EKGs.
Definitely worth a look.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ilabsddx/id1027787969?mt=8

Great article – I’d like to recommend one to the list! An app that streamline the physicians workflows by Clearing House Rejections and Key Indicators, & improve your visibility & access by checking Patient Payments and Reimbursement Velocity Meter. https://www.thebillingbridge.com/

Grate post; we think it takes the medical department to the next level and link with information technology. Using these app doctors can share disease images by easily sign up.

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Thanks for gathering these into a list – I learned about some new ones to check out from the comments! I was surprised not to see any PubMed/MEDLINE search apps on your list. As a researcher, I use PubMed frequently and wasn’t happy with the existing mobile access to this valuable resource. I worked with a developer to create two search apps for PubMed: PubSavvy PubMed Search, and (more recently) PubSavvy Swipe.
PubSavvy Swipe is free and is geared towards quick searches and browsing “random” articles. The original PubSavvy PubMed Search ($1.99 in App Store) has more features for saving articles into different collections, refining searches, etc. I hope your readers check them out and let us know what they think!

Really interesting post.

Personally, I’ve been using the ‘Tomorrow’s Clinicians’ app, which has been really useful for revising clinical skills procedures like venepuncture, cannulation etc. It has videos which are really good quality and the app has some MCQ functionality built in to it as well. I can’t remember how much it cost but it was minimal and the amount of content it offers is great value for money compared to some of the other I’ve used.

I’ve started using a new app called Proficient. I love it!! It allows me to keep an electronic record of all of my paper licenses, certifications, and membership info. as well as track my CME. Probably the nicest feature is a built-in reminder that prompts me when it’s time to renew licenses, memberships, etc.,. It also has a way for me to export various pieces of information (like copies of my licenses) to others in the form of a PDF file – extremely convenient. It can be found in the App Store and is only $1.99. Well worth the investment!! Link below:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/proficient-medical-credentials/id1111721904?mt=8

l was really impressed by your list. l think it goes without saying, there are a lot of apps that we may prefer or even wanna add. l just wanted to thank you for taking the time to list and explain these apps.
l am a public health researcher in Zimbabwe and we really need to start using more apps. this would reduce avoidable deaths and fatalities and massively address the geographical access problem.
nothing grows in a vacuum but endless possibilities spring from shared information so thank you for taking the time to compile this ey

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Hello,

I have created an iOS application to allow practicing physicians to calculate their productivity in RVU (relative value units) based on the CPT codes that they are billing. It is very simple, easy-to-use, and lightning fast. If you are on a production-based compensation model, RVUcalc will help you see quickly how your coding is affecting your bottom line, and allow you to optimize your coding for maximum compensation for the work you are doing. It can also be used as a reference by providing a descrption and the RVU associated with any CPT code. Available for all iOS devices.

http://rvucalc.com

Thank you!

As other, I wanna to offer my choice – CaptureProof
read more at http://vironit.com/case-study-medical-app-development-by-vironit/
Thanks!

Good Post. The list of is really valuable to the user like me.

Dr. Pad is another medical electronic records management for Doctors. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=us.drpad.drpadapp

Great list but I think you missed QliqSoft. It is the top HIPAA compliant secure texting app that would give the best security advantage when it comes to vital information and transactions between the patient and the medical practitioner.

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