[Last Updated: April 2015]
Doctors or medical professionals using medical apps for reference and assistance in India may not a very common sight. But the increased availability of medical apps claiming to provide authentic, updated, approved and standardized medical assistance will definitely attract the Indian medical community towards its usage. Let’s check out a few popular iPhone apps related to the field of medicine. **
This free iPhone app is like a moving medical library in your pocket. Created by WebMD, Medscape was the Number 1 downloaded free app in the medical category in iTunes for 2010. While it is a popular handy drug reference guide offering information for more than 8000 drugs, Medscape also offers more than 4000 evidence based articles written by leading medical professionals, procedural videos, clinical reference database, daily updated med news in 34 specialty areas and much more. This app has found soaring popularity because it is used by all the rungs of medical professionals – from physicians to med students.
Developed by India based mobile medical information providers, Skyscape is a fully loaded app that offers everything from drug information, medical calculators, clinical information, cross reference functionality, medical images, signs and symptoms index, flowcharts and algorithms amongst many other features. The app’s special feature MedAlert™ provides updates from journal summaries, drug and pharma alerts, breaking clinical news and trial results.
Calculate is aimed at helping medical professionals to assist in impact diagnosis, prognosis or making decisions, not just making a series of medical calculations. The app offers more than 150 types of unique medical calculators and point-of-care tools in practice areas of internal medicine, nephrology, cardiology, emergency medicine, oncology, orthopedics and many more. From offering detailed guided treatment to a WHO approved surgical safety list to basics like calculating ideal body weight, this app is a handy tool for the entire medical community.
A comprehensive app that lists out detailed drug information for more than 4000 drugs can be a handy guide for all types of medical and pharmaceutical professionals right? That’s exactly what this app aims to cater. Whether you want to know a the generic trade name of a drug, its dosage, precautions, side effects, risk factors, dose adjustments, administration and monitoring techniques, Micromedex will throw up answers for everything. The sections of ‘mechanism of action’ and ‘clinical teaching’ in the app are said to be especially useful to medical students and inters. The clear, clutter free interface makes this app very easy to use too.
Living Medical Textbooks
Living Medical Textbooks are a series of apps, with each app covering one textbook topic. This is a great app for students as they can have a ready reference of a textbook without having to pay through the nose. Packed in with all the possible resources that a med student would need such as illustrations, procedural information, videos, journal articles and much more, the best part about these textbook apps is that they continuously update certain sections. You can pick a Living Medical Textbook app that covers either Diabetes, Leukemia & MDS, Multiple Sclerosis, Metastatic Melanoma in detail.
[**NOTE: This post is based on information and research available commonly. The author and Trak.in take no responsibility and/or liability whatsoever for the use of these apps or for any subsequent consequences. The download or use of these apps must be at your own discretion. ]