Piggybacking on the last post, I'd like to discuss technology and its role in healthcare a bit further. It is no doubt that the majority of patients and healthcare providers use smartphones on a daily basis. That being said, there are several medical apps out there – perpetually under FDA regulatory scrutiny – that can help facilitate providing health care for clinicians and patients. Here are some of the apps I think may benefit you and/or your patients:
•Medscape is one of the highest-rated free medical apps for both Apple and Android devices. The app features a drug reference, a drug interaction checker, medical calculators, formulary information, disease and condition reference, and a procedure reference. It also offers CE credits.
•Prognosis: Your Diagnosis simulates real-life clinical scenarios, allowing its users to test their clinical decision-making abilities.
•Med Helper Pro Pill Reminder helps patients keep track of their prescriptions and sounds an alarm when medications are to be taken, for scheduled appointments, and also helps track vital signs.
•First Aid puts expert advice in the hands of its non-clinical users. Created by the American Red Cross, the app gives instant access for common first aid emergencies with videos, quizzes, and step-by-step advice in urgent situations.
•AHRQ ePSS provides clinicians with decision-making support regarding appropriate screenings, counseling, and preventive services for patients based on current evidenced-based recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
Here are a few non-medical apps that can be useful for clinicians and health professional students:
•Noteability is a note-taking app that lets you import any type of document (Microsoft Office) and mark it up. Textbooks can also be placed in the app and highlighted/marked up. In addition, users can also import photos and record audio/video.
•Quizlet is an app that allows you to make virtual, double-sided note cards, which can help users study for exams.
•Dropbox/Google Drive are cloud storage services that allow users to place and/or share any type of file; the files (Word Document, PDF, etc.) are placed online and can be accessed or shared with colleagues later.
These are just a few of the many apps out there to help us in our daily routines. What apps are you using, and what apps do you recommend to your patients if any?