With the world of medicine and technology constantly evolving, no one healthcare provider can possibly remember or know it all. Fortunately, your medical staff can stay informed on all medical issues and improve patient care no matter where they are with the help of medical apps.
For your benefit, Healthcare Staffing Blog has reviewed the top 3 apps all healthcare professionals should be using now. The following list of apps can help your nurses and physicians save valuable time and improve their patients’ quality of care:
- Medscape: Powered by WebMD, this free mobile app is the go-to resource for many healthcare professionals. The app’s constantly updated medical database can help your nurses and physicians find quick and accurate clinical point of care answers. Medscape users also have access to several other tools, including a drug interaction checker, medical calculators, procedure references, and medical news updates. It’s like having a deeply experienced colleague working side by side with your staff every day!
- UpToDate: This aptly named mobile resource from Wolters Kluwer can help your medical staff stay current on the latest peer-reviewed clinical developments. UpToDate earned its reputation in the healthcare industry as a website long before it launched a mobile app in 2012. Both the website and the app are currently subscription-based. However, since so many healthcare providers rely on this resource, many facilities simply pay the subscription fee for their staff. UpToDate also allows its subscribers to earn free CME credits each time they use it.
- Epocrates: This tool is best known by medical professionals for its extensive drug database, and according to Manhattan Research’s 2015 Taking the Pulse survey, Epocrates is the most popular clinical app used by U.S. physicians. That’s probably because this app includes drug information such as adult and pediatric dosing, contraindication/cautions, pharmacology, and medication identification with photos. Access to the basic app is free, but the paid version has several upgrades, including an ICD-10 code lookup, a compilation of clinical treatment guidelines, and a diseases database with medical information on a range of conditions.
As a healthcare professional, which medical app is your favorite? Please share in the comments below!