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  • Top15FreeAndroidMedicalappsforHealthcareprofessionalsbyiMedicalAppsTeam

    By:IltifatHusainMD,BrettEinersonMDThebuzzsurroundingAndroidexcitingphones,expandingmarketshare,moreapps,andevenaMedicalcategoryontheMarketpointtowardthecontinuedpresenceofAndroidinthecompetitionforthehearts,minds,andwalletsofhealthcareprofessionalsandstudents.Ouroriginallistwasnotimpressive,duetothelackofqualitymedicalappsontheAndroidplatformatthetime.However,thisnewtop15freeandroidmedicalappslistshowsthelevelofqualityhassignificantlyincreasedintheAndroidMarketplace.Inclusioncriteriaforlist:Appsneededtoaddfunctionalityforhealthcareprovidersinatleastoneofthefollowingthreeways:

    Pointofcareuse Medicaleducation Patienteducation

    ThemobiledevicesusedtomakethislistweretheMotorolaCLIQandtheDellStreak.ThislistisnotbasedontopdownloadedAndroidmedicalappsaccordingtotheAndroidMarketplace.ItisalsonotbasedoncommentsorstarratingsfromtheAndroidMarketplace.Thelistiscompiledbytwofourthyearmedicalstudents,andisbasedonthespecificinclusioncriteriamentionedaboveinordertoassureactualutilityformedicalprofessionals.Ofnote,someoftheseappswillnotbeavailableoncertainplatformsofAndroidoperatingsystemsespeciallyolderphones.

    1.MedscapeOneofthemostanticipatedappstohitAndroid,Healthcareprofessionalshadbeenwaitingeagerlyforthiscomprehensivemedicalapplication.MedscapewasjustrecentlyreleasedontheAndroidMarketandhasalreadybecomethenumberonedownloadedmedicalappfortheAndroidplatform.TheamountoffreecontentprovidedbyMedscapeisabsolutelymindnumbingandseemstocontinuouslygrowwitheachupdate.7,000+drugreferences,3,500+diseaseclinicalreferences,2,500+clinicalimagesandprocedurevideos,robustdruginteractiontoolchecker,CMEactivities,andmore.Medscapeisagreatdrugreferenceappbutmanydontrealizeitsalsoaminitextbookpackedwithprotocolsfordiseasepathologiesgreatforaquickreferenceandrefreshingyoumedicalknowledge.ItsnotasdetailedasthefamousPocketMedicineRedBookbutitdoesmorethananadequatejobofprovidingclinicalpearlsfromthemostcommontolesscommonpathologies.Ontopofthis,theapplicationhasinstructionalmedical

    procedurevideosandpictures.

    MostUsefulFor:Healthcareprofessionalsandstudents

  • Top15FreeAndroidMedicalappsforHealthcareprofessionalsbyiMedicalAppsTeam

    By:IltifatHusainMD,BrettEinersonMD2.EpocratesThefreeversionofEpocratesisconsideredbymanytobeanessentialdrugreference.Usefulandeasytolearnfeatureslikethepillidentifier,severalmedicalcalculators,anddruginteractioncheckermakeEpocratesafavoriteofcliniciansandstudentsalike.Ofnote,EpocratesrecentlyannouncedsupportforthepremiumversionsofEpocratesontheAndroidplatform.AswithotherpopularandnewAndroidapps,EpocratesisnotavailableforAndroiduserswitholderoperatingsystems(version1.5orolder).MostUsefulFor:HealthCareProfessionals

    3.SkyscapeThisappmakesourtoptenlistfortwomajorreasons:First,untilrecentlySkyscapehasbeentheonlyhighqualityallinonetypeappforAndroid.Manyofthequalityandroidmedicalappswehavereviewed,suchastheRedBookandNettersAnatomyhaveworkedwithinSkyscapesuniversalapp.Second,itsavailableonallAndroidoperatingsystemversions.Byallinone,weessentiallymeanthatSkyscapeoffershealthcareprofessionalsandstudentsaccesstoarobustselectionofmedicalcalculators(Archimedes),periodicallyupdatedmedicalnewsalerts,selectpracticeguidelines,accesstopaidtextbooks(likeNetters),andsoliddrugreference(RxDrugs)anddiseasemonographs(OutlinesinClinicalMedicine).UsersofolderAndroidoperatingsystemswhocannotaccessMedscapeandEpocrateswillfindthatSkyscape,whichincludesRxDrugs,isafairreplacement.MostUsefulFor:HealthCareProfessionalsandthosewitholderAndroidphonesthatcannotaccessEpocratesorMedscape.

  • Top15FreeAndroidMedicalappsforHealthcareprofessionalsbyiMedicalAppsTeam

    By:IltifatHusainMD,BrettEinersonMD4.EvernoteEvernoteisagreatorganizationtoolthatcanbeespeciallyusefulforhealthcareprofessionalsandstudents.TherearenotmanyqualityPDForganizationappsontheAndroidMarketplace,andEvernoteshinesabovemostofthepaidapps.EvernoteallowsyoutoaccessandreadyourPDFdocumentsonthego.Othertools,suchasnotesandimagecaptureallowyoutorecordatypical

    diseasepathologyencounteredwhilepracticingforyourownreferencepossiblyevenafuturepresentation.MostUsefulFor:HealthCareProfessionalslookingtostreamlinePDFcollectionandcapturingatypicalpathologyforeducationalpurposes.5.CalculatebyQxMD

    CalculatebyQxMDscoresmajorpoints(andlandsinourtop10)foritsaestheticallyappealingdesignandsmoothuserinterface.Thecollectionofmedicalcalculatorscontainedinthisandroidappiswideenoughinscopetosatisfymostgeneralistsandstudents.Eachcalculatorintheappprogressesthroughanumberofscreens,oftenposingaquestiontotheusertodeterminethescoreorvalueofinterest.Incontrast,mostothermedicalcalculatorappshaveasinglescreenwithnumerousinputfields.Althoughthisatypicalmethodrequiresmoreclicks,italsoenhancesthelearningexperiencewithoutmarkedlyslowingtheprocess.ThosekeenonreferencingmedicalliteraturewillbesatisfiedthatthedevelopershaveincludedcitationsandPubMedlinksintheMoreInformationtab

    Mostusefulfor:Primarycareproviders,generalists,andstudentsonthewards

  • Top15FreeAndroidMedicalappsforHealthcareprofessionalsbyiMedicalAppsTeam

    By:IltifatHusainMD,BrettEinersonMD6.MedPageToday

    Wefindthatawelldesignedmedicalnewsappcanbethecureforanemailinboxfullofunreaddailynewsheadlines.MedPageTodayisbothsimpleandcomprehensiveindeliveringmedicalnewstoyourmobiledevicethatisrelevanttoyourparticularsubspecialtyinterest.MuchofthecontentispartneredwiththeUniversityOfPennsylvaniaSchoolOfMedicinegivingareassuringsenseoflegitimacytothenewsarticlesprovided.Alongwithreadingarticles,CMEactivitiesarealsopresentedintext,video,andaudioform.Afterspecifyingyourinterestsandpreferences,medicalnewsstoriesfromtheMedPageTodaywebsitearedeliveredtotheMyNewsappscreen.Eachcategorymenuopenstorevealrecentmedicalnewsstoriesintextandoccasionallyaudioformats.Itssimple,clean,fast,andfree.*Note:ThisappisonlyavailableonneweroperatingsystemsofAndroid.ForolderAndroidOS(1.5andolder),adifferentappwithlinkstoMedPageisavailablebythenameofMedicalNews.

    Mostusefulfor:Busyhealthcareprofessionalsandstudents

    7.HarvardSchoolofPublicHealthTheHarvardSchoolofPublicHealthNewsappissurprisinglyfunctionalanduseful.WesaysurprisinglybecauseHarvardisntthefirstschooltomakeanapplicationtopushtheircontent,buttheystandoutamongsttheirpeersforthesimplicity,overalluserinterface,andsolidfunctionalitydeliveredbytheapplication.TheappfeaturesnewsarticlesfromtheSchoolofPublicHealthhowever,thearticleslinktotheschoolwebsite,anditwouldbeniceifthearticleswerenativeorcustomizedfortheapp.Butthetruefunctionalitycomesfromthedeliveryofeducationalaudioandvideocontent.SomeofthebestmindsinPublicHealthareatHarvardandthemultimediacontentisrichwithusefulknowledge.

    InthesepicturesyoucanseeoneoftherecentaudiopodcastsbyDr.MiltonWeinsteinoncomparativeeffectivenessresearch.Hispodcastisagreatoverallsummaryofthehistoryofcomparativeeffectivenessresearchandalsohowitappliestocurrenttimes,mixedwiththecurrentpoliticalramificationsgreatlisteningmaterial.Theappwillevensendyounotificationswhennewaudioandvideocontentisavailable.Asthepicturesshow,theapplicationisembeddeddeeplywithTwitter,allowingadynamicandinteractiveconversationwiththecontent

    containedintheapp.

  • Top15FreeAndroidMedicalappsforHealthcareprofessionalsbyiMedicalAppsTeam

    By:IltifatHusainMD,BrettEinersonMDMostusefulfor:Healthcareprofessionalsandstudentsinterestedinpublichealthandcurrenttrendsinhealthpolicy.

    8.MonthlyPrescribingReference(MPR)

    TheMonthlyPrescribingReference(MPR)claimstobeThemostwidelyuseddrugreferencebyclinicians.ForthemanyclinicianswhouseMPR,thisappisagreatmobilesubstitute.Drugsareclassifiedbytreatmentcategory,similartotheprintversion.Prescribingnotesanddrugmonographsoutlineusefulinformationforclinicalpractice.CliniciansaccustomedtowaitingforthenewestpublishedversionofMPRwillenjoythefrequentupdatesofthismobileversion.

    Mostusefulfor:HealthcareprofessionalswhoareaccustomedtoMPRsprintversion.9.StandardDictations

    Thetediousworkofinternshipisbothchallengingandoverwhelming.ForthoseofuswhoaresoontobeinternsanapplikeStandardDictationsisawelcomedanxiolytic.Thisapphasbasictemplatestoreadwhiledictating.Everythingfromadmissionorderstodischargesummaries,alongwithnumerousexams,procedures,andseveraldifferenttypesofH&Pformatsfordifferenthealthcaresettings.Ofnote,manyEMRsoffersimilartemplates.SoresidentswhoworkwitharobustEMRmaynothaveasmuchneedforthisapp.Thistrulyisamusthaveappifyoureanintern,especiallyifyourerotatingondifferentservicesthroughouttheyearandyoudonthaveasolidEMRtohelpwithdictating.Mostusefulfor:Interns

  • Top15FreeAndroidMedicalappsforHealthcareprofessionalsbyiMedicalAppsTeam

    By:IltifatHusainMD,BrettEinersonMD10.USPSTFePSS(electronicpreventiveservicesselector)

    ThisisapublichealthtoolprovidedtohealthcareprofessionalsbytheUSDepartmentofHealthandHumanServices(HHS)fromtheAgencyforHealthcareResearchandQuality(AHRQ)thenationsleadfederalagencyforresearchonhealthcarequality,costs,outcomes,andpatientsafety.Asyoucanseefromtheincludedpictures,theapplicationallowsyoutoinputyourpatientsage,alongwithotherkeydemographicinformation,andgivesyouthebasicscreeningandpublichealthinformationpertinenttoyourpatient.MuchofthecontentisbasedontherecommendationsmadebytheUnitedStatesPreventativeServicesTaskForce(USPSTF).Theappalsoprovidesgreatlinkstoscreeningcalculatorsandreferencetoolsavailableontheweb.

    Mostusefulfor:PrimaryCarePhysicians

    11.PubMedMobileThisappisaquickandeasyaccesstoPubMedonamobiledevice.ThosewhousePubMedregularlycan

    putthisapptogooduse.Aswereviewedbefore,userscansearchforandviewabstractsonamobiledevice.Aftertaggingarticlesofinterest,theusercansendarticlelinksviaemailorsharearticlesthroughsocialnetworks.FeaturesaddedtoPubMedMobilesinceourreviewincludelinkstoPubMedarticlesinabrowser,anddirectlinkstoPubMedCentralPMCFreeArticles.Healthcareprofessionalsandstudentswhoneedtohavethelatestevid