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Mobile Resources for Health: Clinical Apps

Clinical app guidelines and reviews

For more medical app reviews, see iMedicalApps.

For AMA advice on safe and effective use of medical health apps, see their principles.

General Clinical Apps

Epocrates

The free basic version of Epocrates provides drug, disease, and diagnostic information at the point of care. There is a seperate premium app--Epocrates Essentials--that features additional content, including evidence-based disease monographs. The premium version costs $159.99 per year.

 

Medscape

Medscape, from WebMD, provides clinical reference, medical news, drug information, and medical calculators. CME and CE options are also available through the app. 

   

 

  Calculate by QxMD

The Calculate by QxMD app serves as a clinical calculator and diagnostic tool.  Calculate by QxMD’s biggest strengths include its collection of over 150 medical calculators, a robust search function, and an innovative user interface.

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AHRQ ePSS

The Electronic Preventive Services Selector from AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) is an application designed to help primary care clinicians identify clinical preventive services that are appropriate for their patients. Use the tool to search and browse U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on the web or on your mobile device.

 

ACP Immunization Advisor

ACP (American College of Physicians) Immunization Advisor provides the latest vaccine indications. Any immunization provider can search by Age or Underlying Medical Circumstances, or browse the Vaccine Library to determine the vaccines their adult patients need.

 

NCCN Guidelines for Smartphone

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network offers a free NCCN Guidelines app which provides registered users of NCCN.org mobile access to the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines™). To use the NCCN Guidelines apps, you must be a registered user on NCCN.org. There is no fee to become a registered user on NCCN.org and to view the NCCN Guidelines. Once registered, users have the ability to view the complete library of NCCN Guidelines.This NCCN app enables clinicians to easily access the NCCN Guidelines which are the standard of clinical policy in oncology.

 

  UFHealth Cancer Center Clinical Trials NaviGATOR

This app lets potential study subjects and their referring physicians search for clinical trial listings by disease site and contact the Cancer Center to make clinical trial referrals or get additional information. The app provides details on research projects currently underway and offers links to ClinicalTrials.gov for more information on the investigation. 

  The Medical Letter 

The Medical Letter app provides objective, practical, and timely information on drugs and treatments of common diseases to help our readers make the best decisions for their patients—without the influence of the pharmaceutical industry.

Select CDC Apps

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide many mobile apps for consumers/general public and health care providers/clinicians: http://www.cdc.gov/mobile/mobileapp.html  Below are a few selected apps from the CDC.

  CDC Mobile App

New app from the CDC for both iOS and Android smartphones.   It includes FastStats, stories, blogs, and videos.  Includes public health sources such as the MMWR. 

 

 CDC Vaccine Schedules

Shows child, adolescent, and adult vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).  The app visually mimics the printed schedules, which are reviewed and published annually. Users can identify correct vaccine, dosage, and timing with 2 or 3 clicks. Any changes in the schedules will be released through app updates.

 

 CDC Influenza (Flu)

Information in the app includes: updates on national flu activity, vaccination recommendations, diagnosis and treatment information (including antiviral treatment recommendations), laboratory tests, and CDC recommendations on influenza infection control.

 

 CDC Contraception

The United States Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 2010 (US MEC) is intended to assist health care providers when counseling women, men, and couples about contraceptive method choice. CDC Contraception converts the US MEC to app form and provides guidance on the safety of contraceptive method use for women with specific characteristics and medical conditions.

Apps available to UF users

  UpToDate

UpToDate, a clinical support tool available through UF, offers an app to provide better evidence-based clinical diagnosis tools. You will need to create an UpToDate account from within the web application (while connected to the VPN or on a campus computer), and use it to log in to the app.  After logging in to the app the first time, the UpToDate app will remain logged in to your account for easier access in the future.  

 

Micromedex Drug Reference

Drug Information is a free resource, providing drug and clinical information, from Micromedex. An internet connection is not required to access the information. Micromedex also offers Drug Interactions and IV Compatibility apps for Apple and Android devices. These apps are free to UF users--to set up the app, follow the instructions on the page linked below or by clicking on the Download Center tab in the upper right corner of the screen on the web version of the database. You will need to be on the UF network or logged into the VPN on your computer to access the set up instructions. You will need to use the password given in the setup instructions below.  You will have to update the password annually.  There are separate instructions, including a login and password, which expire quarterly, for tablets.     

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   Essential Evidence Plus 

EE+, a resource UF provides through Stat!Ref, offers evidence-based clinical support similar to UpToDate. After creating a login with Stat!Ref, you will have access to the mobile web version of EE+, which can then be saved on your phone screen. 

Diagnosis Apps

Isabel

Isabel Healthcare's 10-year-old diagnosis decision support system is now available as an iPhone, iPad, and iPod app. The checklist system lets physicians enter symptoms and search a database of over 6,000 disease presentations. Information can be entered in regular text, and the results can be refined for age, gender, and travel history. Users pay a weekly ($2.99), monthly ($10.99), or annual ($119.99) subscription fee.

 

Diagnosaurus DDx

From McGraw Hill, Diagnosaurus DDx includes over 1000 differential diagnoses.  It allows searching by disease, symptom, or organ system.  The app costs $4.99 to download for Apple or Android devices.

 

  Johns Hopkins ABX, HIV, Diabetes, and Psychiatry

The official Johns Hopkins Guides deliver authoritative, need-to-know information that is easily accessed, promptly applied, and frequently updated to iOS devices and the web. All four of the guides are updated monthly and arranged in a way that lets clinicians easily browse or search for content.  While the app is free and includes previews, each guide is $29.95.

 

Coding Apps

Quick ICD-10

Quick ICD-10 is a free app designed to convert between ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes.

 

ICD-10 Consult 2016 Free

Designed by a physician, this app allows you to quickly search for ICD-10 codes - includes acronyms.  Includes code descriptions, hierarchies, and code guidelines (such as mutually exclusive codes, and common simultaneous codes).

National Library of Medicine resources

 LactMed

LactMed, one of the TOXNET databases from  contains information on the effect of chemicals and drugs in breastfeeding women.  It includes information on levels in the breast milk and possible effects on the infant.   It suggests alternative drug therapies if there are possible adverse effects on the nursing infant.

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  Wiser

Wiser or the Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders was created for emergency responders who deal with hazardous material accidents.  It includes information on the  identification, characteristics, containment, and effects on human health of hazardous materials. There is access to peer reviewed  content from  Hazardous Substances Database (HSDB) and Chemical Hazards Medical Management (CHEMM).  There is information on 441 substances with over 4600 names, including radiologics and biological agents.   

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