9 Time-Saving Apps for Physicians
June 05, 2018
By Megan Murdock Krischke, contributor
Medical technology is continually evolving and
handheld devices and their apps are a part of that change process.
Just like in personal use, the best apps for
physicians provide quick, shareable information, crowd-sourcing, real-time
communication, current medical news, and connection to peers. When used
correctly, they can actually help you spend more face time with patients and
provide better quality care.
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by over 1 million healthcare professionals worldwide, Epocrates is the leading
point-of-care app for physicians. It offers immediate access to clinical
practice guidelines, drug interactions (up to 30 at a time), a pill ID
assistant, health insurance formularies and text messaging that meets HIPAA
standards. The app and most of its content is free, but access to additional
information and functionality requires a paid subscription to Epocrates Essentials.
provides many of the same features as Epocrates at no charge—including a pill
ID tool and formulary information. In the Medscape Consult feature, a doctor
can crowd-source input on their cases, drawing from 250 thousand physicians
with diverse experiences. This popular app has recently added a feature
allowing users to find the lowest priced drugs and to share discount cards with
is a sort of social networking app for physicians and other clinicians. Unlike
apps that can waste your time, however, Doximity helps you check items off your
“to do” list from your phone. Physicians can also earn free CME credit by reading
articles in the app, send and receive HIPAA-secure faxes from an iPhone,
connect with classmates and colleagues--individually or through the newsfeed--and
privately check out physician job listings and salary comparisons. Practitioners can even call patients
from their personal cell while displaying the office number. Doximity is free
and includes a profile of every participating physician, nurse practitioner,
physician assistant and pharmacist.
Figure 1 is another free social network for
physicians. In this app, physicians can securely share medical cases, page
specialists for feedback, view and discuss rare conditions and more. Medical
professionals from more 185 subspecialties are part of this scientific learning
community. This app, which was founded on the sharing of medical images,
automatically blocks faces and removes identifying information to meet HIPAA
by physicians, for physicians, this free point-of-care app offers more than 350
clinical decision tools for 30+ specialties such as risk scores, diagnostic
criteria and dosing calculators. The app also provides evidence-based content,
the ability to work offline, and customizable lists of favorites and recently
used features. This free app is used by over 1.2 million medical professionals
to improve decision-making and workflow.
6. Journal Club
the sentiment “So many articles, so little time” strikes a chord, Journal Club
might be the ideal app for you. While other physician apps allow you to easily
read articles from your device, Journal Club provides physician-written,
peer-reviewed summaries of published
medical research. Among other particulars, each summary includes the bottom
line, major points, outcomes and criticisms—allowing you to quickly learn the
most important information.
Case app has access to more than 18 million journal articles and helps you to
find and stay up to date with the topics that are most important to you. You
can program the app to find articles on certain topics, and it will also
suggest articles based on your past viewing history. The app is free, however you
may need a subscription to access the full text of some articles.
8. IM Your Doc
IM Your Doc may sound more like a timesaver for patients, this HIPAA-compliant
instant message app can reduce hospital readmissions, lower healthcare costs
and increase patient satisfaction, while also connecting healthcare teams. Other
features such as voice-to-text, group messaging, image-sharing and EHR/EMR
compatibility make this a go-to communication app for medical providers.
9. Mobile EHRs/EMRs
Many electronic health records (EHRs), or
electronic medical records (EMRs) provide apps or web portals for physicians
who want to access records on their tablet or smartphone. Examples of EHR apps
include Epic Haiku and Cerner PowerChart Touch. These apps can maximize their
mobile platforms by allowing image uploads, and some of the physician apps
mentioned above are already integrating their features with some EHR systems. Find
out if yours provides a mobile option.
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