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While these medical apps shouldn’t replace a routine trip to the Doctor, they may just make your life a little easier.
Keeping track of diabetes is essential to keeping it under control and Diabetes:M helps perfectly by being the logbook app you need.
The app includes a vast nutrition database so you can keep track of food and nutrition as well as exercise time. With detailed reports, charts and statistics provided on almost all aspects of the diabetes treatment, Diabetes:M could well be a valuable addition if you need help keeping it under control.
iOS/Android/Free to download – premium versions available
Calculate normal and prolonged insulin boluses using the highly effective, top-notch bolus calculator
Send the reports to your supervising physician via email
Additional lab result records – Add a comprehensive metabolic panel, kidney function tests and much more
Expanded Food Database – This will allow greater access to server food database, as well as an option to save selected food as Meals and Dishes
Synchronization – Automatically sync multiple devices on data change. Allows you to use any of your available mobile devices to keep track effortlessly.
Reports – Get your reports in PDF or XLS format
2. St John Ambulance First Aid
The first aid app from the extremely reputable St John Ambulance is a simple but potentially life saving one. It’s basic, simple and doesn’t necessarily replace the benefits of learning first hand first hand, but what it does, it does right. When there is an emergency the app will help you know what to do in those crucial moments when basic knowledge is needed.
Latest first aid advice and protocols for dealing with emergency situations
Simple to follow with illustrated guides and voiced instructions
Teaches common techniques such as using an AED, the recovery position, and treating shock
Covers both major and minor subjects in an easy to find category layout system. Major subjects include burns, choking, poisoning and strokes, while minor subjects include allergic reactions and feeling faint
iTriage is a huge healthcare and medical database where you can search for answers to do with medication, diseases, symptoms and procedures. It was created by two ER doctors and the medical content is reviewed by Harvard Medical School to prove its authenticity and how safe it is.
Over 12 million people have downloaded iTriage giving it a 4.5 star rating from over 100k reviews proving that it is a well known and loved app that can perhaps put your mind at ease or potentially save your life. It may sound dramatic but with critical warnings included with some causes depending on the issue, it could well be the motivation you need to get you to the doctor.
You can search symptoms, learn about potential causes, and then iTriage will help you find the most appropriate treatment, facility or doctor
iTriage Doctor Search lets you find any doctor or physician quickly and easily
Thousands of medical symptoms, diseases, conditions, procedures, medications and drugs
Find the nearest hospital, emergency room, urgent care, retail clinic, pharmacy, physician, doctor, imaging center, mental health clinic, substance abuse clinic, and community health center
Save your personal healthcare facilities, doctors, diseases, conditions, procedures, medications, insurance information and health plan advice lines
Emergency hotlines, and physician and nurse advice lines
4. Instant Heart Rate: Heart Rate & Pulse Monitor
Continuously rated as the world’s best mobile heart rate measurement app, Instant Heart Rate can measure your heart rate by using the camera on your phone.
It works by detecting a colour change in your finger top each time your heart beats, using an advanced algorithm to show your heart rate. Judging by the reviews and Apple’s usability of the app in its “Strength” TV ad, Instant Heart Rate produces accurate results – especially coming from a smartphone.
BabyBump is one of the many popular pregnancy apps out there but we’ve chosen this on in particular due to it’s ease of use, many features, and it’s reviews.
BabyBump keeps soon-to-be parents informed about each stage of the pregnancy, making for an even more in-depth experience that you can track and share with family and friends. The forums and community are a great inclusion to help you get prepared for the big day and years to come.
Daily info/images – schematic embryo picture of your baby each week
Create a slideshow of belly photos
6. CareZone | Health Info Organiser
If you and/or family members need medications, it can be hard remembering names, dosages and days that they need to be taken, especially if you’re looking after an aging parent. This is where CareZone comes in.
With CareZone you can stay organised, coordinated, and in sync by always having medication details and schedules on hand, and helpfully gives you notifications when it’s time to take a med, refill a subscription or record a taken dose. Being able to create a detailed med list by taking photos is another great and time saving idea – making this app the full package.
Journal: document symptoms and privately share updates with family members
Calendar: keep track of appointments and share access with others
Contacts: organise & share info for doctors, pharmacies, and insurance providers
Notes: store insurance info, online account credentials, and other hard-to-remember details
Store important files and documents
News: receive helpful info & tips on health topics relevant to you and your family
7. Migraine Buddy
Hopefully you don’t suffer with migraines, but if you do, it needs be dealt with in the quickest and easiest way. Ideally the migraine would be prevented in the first place.
Migraine Buddy is an advanced migraine headache and tracking app that helps users record and identify triggers, symptoms, frequency, duration, intensity and location etc, so users can prevent and take the appropriate action if one does occur. This is an app that has thought of everything to help you get easy to read reports but make sure you fill in all the fields needed when you’re completely free of a migraine, because it might just give you one.
Easy to use, beautifully designed interface and icons with wizard style questionnaires that guides users through the recording process
Record ongoing and past migraines
Quick tapping motion to answer the questionnaire
Quick access to skip and record entries at a later time
Add a “Buddy”: Share your migraine status with your “buddies” within the app. Let each other know when you’re migraine-free, having a migraine, and how you feel.
Notes section to add additional information such as food, weather conditions, barometric pressure, mood, etc.
Add custom fields to the questionnaire so it becomes a permanent option for users
Customized reports including frequency and duration, pain intensity, pain location, migraine triggers, migraine medications, migraine symptoms and helps to understand the effectiveness of medication and other migraine relief methods
Data is secured and protected by HIPAA-compliant cloud
8. Calm: Meditation to Relax, Focus & Sleep Better
High stress levels? Perhaps meditation is the way forward – even on a (usually) distracting smartphone.
Once you have download the app for free, you get a 7 day course of guided-meditation exercises, with more programs and features becoming available after buying a reasonably priced subscription. If you feel like you need to take a step back away for 10 minutes a day from an increasingly busy and stressful world, or if you need to work on topics such as calming anxiety, happiness, or non-judgment, then Calm is the app for you.
Daily Calm: a new 10-minute program added daily to help ease you into the day or unwind with before bed
Guided meditation sessions including hundreds of programs
20+ Sleep Stories: adult bedtime stories guaranteed to lull you to sleep
7 day and 21 programs for both beginner and advanced users
Breathing exercises to relax
Unguided timed meditation
25+ soothing nature sounds and scenes to use during meditation, yoga or to help you sleep
Track your progress with daily streaks and time spent meditating
9. Bowelle – The IBS tracker
Bowelle is for those with Irritable Bowel Syndrome or other gastrointestinal symptoms and is a simple to use app that keeps a record of how you feel, bowel movements, and other elements.
The app was made in hope that it helps identify some of the triggers causing your symptoms – and with such a clear and easy to use app that is completely clear of ads, it could certainly be a useful tracker.
Records how you feel, food & water intake, stress levels, bowel movements
Works with Apple Health
10. My Pain Diary & Symptom Tracker: Gold Edition
My Pain Diary does exactly what it says on the tin. With the app you are able to record pain and symptoms you get, to report to and improve communication with doctors.
An incredibly useful app for a chronic pain sufferer, this highly customisable and well thought out app can create PDF reports to send to your doctor or archive, so you both have a better idea on how to help yourself.
Smartphones are a huge part of day to day life, and mobile health is developing at incredible speeds as mobile technology keeps expanding. More and more healthcare professionals are using their smartphone apps to provide more efficient healthcare.
We list 10 top apps that a healthcare professional could find beneficial in a healthcare environment.
Medscape is one of the leading medical apps and resources used by healthcare professionals.
The app, developed by WebMD, allows Physicians to ask clinical questions, share images and discuss cases with only a registration required. With over 4 million registered users, this app is a must.
Quickly look up medications and dosages with the Drug Reference Tool
2. Figure 1
You could call Figure 1 the Instagram of the medical world. The idea is to view and share medical images and cases to sharpen medical knowledge on the go and ask healthcare professionals for instant feedback. Having over 1 million medical professionals using the app and being rated highly, it could be seen as an essential learning and collaborative tool.
View thousands of real-world teaching cases from Physicians and Nurses in hundreds of specialities
Page healthcare professionals around the world for instant feedback
Communicate with your colleagues using secure, encrypted direct messaging
Recognise rare conditions in patients
UpToDate is an evidence-based, Physician-authored clinical decision support resource with over 1.3 million clinician users in 197 countries. With over 30 research studies confirming that widespread usage of the app is associated with improved patient care and hospital performance, it’s clear that numbers don’t lie and UpToDate is a worthy inclusion. Just be careful of the high individual subscription cost.
iOS/Android/Free to download (individual or institutional subscription required).
Easy search with auto-completion
Earn and track free CME/CE/CPD credit
Bookmarks and history
Mobile-optimized medical calculators
Print and email topics or graphics to patients and colleagues
4. Touch Surgery
Certainly a visually appealing medical app, Touch Surgery is an interactive (and fun looking!) mobile surgical simulator that guides you through a range of operations.
Though potentially more suited toward Surgical Trainees, there’s no doubt that more experienced healthcare professional can still learn and refresh their knowledge.
Learn operations step-by-step in the training mode
Experience realistic surgical environments created with state-of-the-art 3D graphics
Track your results and measure your progress
Build a personalised library of procedure
Learn new techniques from top physicians
Spy glass feature allows you to identify and learn about the instruments, tissues, muscles and bones contained in procedures
Access a wide range of 3D simulations
Share your progress with fellow professionals
Medtimer has been included because of its ease of use and accuracy. It has been crafted to enable health professionals to time heart rate (HR) and respiratory rate (RR) while removing the need to perform calculations or counting. Allowing full concentration on your patient and being a completely free and non disturbing app (no advertising) makes it a quick and easy essential to add to your smartphone.
• Works for heart rate (HR) and respiratory/breathing rate (RR)
• Count the number of beats or breaths for you
• Calculate the rate per minute from the count (BPM)
• Display comparison charts for all age ranges
• Works across all of your Apple devices including phones, tablets and watches
Similar to Medscape, Epocrates is another popular drug reference app that also includes a few tools such as BMI checker. Users can search medications by generic name, brand name or using a list of conditions.
The app is free to download and use but has basic features until you pay for a yearly subscription, but with over 1 million users, it has to be worth it.
iOS/Android/Free – yearly subscription starting at £119.99.
• Review drug prescribing and safety information for thousands of brand, generic, and OTC drugs
• Check for potentially harmful drug-drug interactions among up to 30 drugs at a time
• Identify pills by imprint code and physical characteristics
• Access timely medical news and research information
• Find providers for consults and referrals in the Provider Directory
• Select national and regional healthcare insurance formularies for drug coverage information
• Perform dozens of calculations, such as BMI and GFR
• Coordinate care securely with HIPAA-compliant text messaging
Touted the LinkedIn for Doctors, Doximity is a social networking app with over 60% of Clinicians signed up. Staying connected with your colleagues is only part of the appeal as Doximity includes tools for HIPAA-secure communication, electronic faxing and custom curated medical news to name a few.
Having raised $54 million funding in 2014 and the extremely high rated app experience, you can be sure that you need this app on your smartphone.
Another app that could be more suited to a junior healthcare professional, Pocket Anatomy is similar to Touch Surgery due to its visual appeal.
With this app you can search through thousands of anatomical structures then move and zoom through high resolution complex medical structures. It will be a challenge and refresher for a junior or a more experienced healthcare professional.
Like to read? Then Read by QxMD is the app for you. It provides a place where you can keep up to date with new medical and scientific research literature, and search PubMed for articles.
With thousands of outstanding topic reviews and access to millions of articles in one app where you can organise your own personal collection, Read by QxMD is a clear choice if you’re an avid reader and learner of medical research.