Apps. Is there anything they can’t do? Well, I’m actually still waiting on one to clean up behind my messy boyfriend. But they’re still pretty nifty. These free apps for Allied Health Professionals can improve your practice by reducing administrative costs and streamlining administrative processes such as ordering supplies, billing, and appointment setting and reminders. Apps can also help educate your patients, manage their expectations, and improve patient communication.
The Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP) describes Allied Health Professionals as the professionals who are involved in identifying, evaluating, and preventing diseases and disorders; dietary and nutrition services; and rehabilitation and health systems management. Allied health professionals comprise nearly 60% of the healthcare workforce.
- dental hygienists
- diagnostic medical sonographers
- medical technologists
- occupational therapists
- physical therapists
- respiratory therapists
- speech language pathologists
This post offer seven free apps for three of these professions: Dental Hygienists, Diagnostic Medical Sonographers, and Dietitians.
Free apps for dental hygienists
Ratings (iTunes) All Versions: 4.5 stars (8 Ratings)
Last updated: Updated: Mar 08, 2015
iRomexis displays all images created by Planmeca X-ray units, including Planmeca ProMax 3-D and ProFace 3D photos on the iPad (or iPhone). The 2D and 3D mobile image-viewer app makes it easier to show patients their X-rays. DentistryIQ calls the image resolution quality “excellent,” and says iRomexis “organizes and categorizes patient images very well, and is also perfectly compatible with Romexis desktop software, allowing for image-sharing with mobile devices anywhere.”
Available on: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
Ratings (iTunes) All Versions: 4.5 stars (21 Ratings)
Last updated: Updated: Jul 29, 2016
Keep up to date with dentistry trends and news with DentistryIQ. It offers dental office management news and business advice resources from DentistryIQ.com. DentistryIQ also offers headlines from the DentistryIQ network, including dental news from Dental Economics and RDH magazines. Articles cover everything from new dental tech to dental office design tips to software to the latest survey data on salaries and dental fees.
Ratings (iTunes): Not enough ratings to show
Last updated: Oct 24, 2014
The C+M Dental app educates and supports dentists and dental technicians with overviews of a variety of attachments, case planning, and simulations. Case planning guides help you find the attachment or alloy that best fits your current case. The attachment simulation gives you a 3D view to explore the tool’s functionality.
Free apps for diagnostic medical sonographers
In the emergency room we use ultrasound for a multitude of procedures, ranging from FAST exams, to diagnosing hydronephrosis or evaluating for cardiac effusion.
Ratings (iTunes) Current Version: 5 stars (5 Ratings) All Versions: 4.5 stars (46 Ratings)
Last updated: Mar 21, 2014
One Minute Ultrasound is a free alternative to SonoSupport ($4.99 iOS). It offers one-minute demonstrations of various ultrasound techniques.
Brought to you by the same people who put out the Ultrasound Podcast, One Minute Ultrasound is a great app for medical students and interns looking to learn the initial skills required for ultrasound. Seasoned pros shouldn’t bother trying to use it at the point of care, the videos are too short to be helpful for you and there aren’t pictures or reference material to scroll through.
But for young uns, iMedicalApps calls the user interface “relatively clear,” and describes tiles including FAST, Gallbladder, DVT, Aorta, Soft Tissue, Wall Motion, and “More,” each containing minute-long ultrasound videos about each topic.
Note that the videos are not locally stored on the app, so to watch them you’ll need an internet connection capable of streaming.
Ratings (iTunes) 4 stars (7 Ratings)
Last updated: Never
Released: Nov 11, 2013
Like One Minute Ultrasound, Emergency Ultrasound Handbook is geared toward physicians and medical students who are learning point-of-care ultrasound and want a quick reference tool.
Emergency Ultrasound Handbook covers a wide range of exams, including:
- Abdominal Aorta
- Biliary Tract
- First Trimester Pregnancy
- Soft Tissue
- Vascular Access
For each exam, Emergency Ultrasound Handbook lists the purpose of the exam, helpful details, easy-to-understand hints, and images and illustrations to clarify relevant anatomy and probe positioning. The idea was to later provide a full, paid version of the app with videos and a section on pathology. However, it’s been nearly three years so I wouldn’t hold my breath on that one.
According to iMedicalApps, Emergency Ultrasound Handbook’s clinical pictures and diagrams are useful, and the color-rich anatomy diagrams are especially useful. “The app doesn’t have the most aesthetically pleasing interface, its color use for the menus and transitions could be vastly improved. Sections are divided into concise chapters with great clinical pearls and associated pictures.”
Free Apps for Dietitians
mySugr Diabetes Logbook (Google)
mySugr Diabetes Logbook (Apple)
Google rating: 4.6 stars (10,802 reviews)
Last updated: September 12, 2016
Apple rating: Current Version: 4.5 stars (14 Ratings) All Versions: 4.5 stars (2749 Ratings)
Last updated: Sep 12, 2016
“mySugr makes diabetes suck less,” according to the Google Play description.
mySugr Diabetes Logbook tries to make tracking blood sugar, along with bolus, basal, shots, food, carbs, meds, pills, weight, HbA1c, and more, as easy and fun as possible.
Users get points for everything they record in the app, such as their blood glucose, how many carbs they just ate, and how much insulin they injected. There are also day (or two)-long missions to help motivate them to ramp up efforts managing their health. And they can set reminders to check in. The app saves users’ favorite foods and tracks what happens after eating them.
mySugr Diabetes Logbook also shows users overviews of their month or week. They can print those out as PDFs for you or their doctors so you can work together to look for patterns in hypers and hypos, such as Wednesdays being high-glucose days.
Weight Loss Coach by Fooducate – Personalized Calorie Counter, Food Tracker, Motivation, and Healthy Recipes (Google)
Weight Loss Coach by Fooducate – Personalized Calorie Counter, Food Tracker, Motivation, and Healthy Recipes (Apple)
Google rating: 4.3 stars (12,407 reviews)
Last updated: September 15, 2016
Apple rating: Current Version: 4.5 stars (128 Ratings) All Versions: 4.5 stars (11,595 Ratings)
Last updated: Jul 02, 2016
Fooducate is a weight loss coaching app with a supportive community built in. With it, users can track their food, activity, sleep, hunger levels, and mood. Fooducate integrates with Apple’s Health App. The barcode scanner gives you a personalized nutrition grade (A, B, C, or D) for more than 250,000 products. For each food in the database, you’ll see details such as added sugars, trans fats, high-fructose corn syrup, additives and preservatives, and artificial sweeteners. If the food you scan gets a bad grade, Fooducate will suggest healthier options.
These seven free apps for Allied Health Professionals (Dental Hygienists, Diagnostic Medical Sonographers, and Dietitians) won’t clean up your apartment. But they can make your job a little easier.
Any good ones I missed? Let me know in the comments!