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One of those mobile health technologies, amongst many medical trends, is mobile medical apps. In this post, we bring you a selection of the most used medical apps by our panel of healthcare professionals.
Like for medical apps, the use of technology to help people live longer, healthier lives and reduce costs in healthcare has been part of M3 Global Research’s motto since its inception. M3 stands for Medicine, Media, and Metamorphosis, which represents our mission to change the world of medicine through the full use of the power of the Internet.
But First, What Are Medical Apps?
In the field of mobile health technologies, medical apps, as defined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, are software programs that run on mobile communication devices and are used to:
- help patients manage their own health (assisting them in tracking their own health conditions, tracking their medication intake, and managing their overall wellness).
- help healthcare practitioners facilitate and improve patient care (via telemedicine apps, healthcare providers can share and report on patients’ personal health records remotely).
And What Are the Benefits of Using Medical Apps for Doctors?
Amongst the many medical trends, medical apps can benefit both patients and healthcare professionals by offering an unprecedented opportunity to provide medical support when and where people need it. The main benefits are:
- Reduction in healthcare costs for both patients and providers by providing guidance to adopt and track healthy habits and prevent chronic conditions.
- Improved efficiency and speed of healthcare delivery by using telemedicine models.
- Ease of data collection for healthcare providers and the ability to retrieve information from patients (medical history, vitals, prescriptions, and lab results) more quickly.
- Better decision-making with the support of reference tools that are constantly updated.
What Kind of Medical Apps Are Available Amongst the New Technology Devices?
Many apps are developed for a target audience of healthcare workers, including physicians, nurses, and assistants. The most popular categories of mobile health technologies applications functions include:
- Specialty or disease-specific medical apps.
- Medical education and teaching.
- Patient-centered apps for health tracking and monitoring.
- Asynchronous communication between the healthcare providers and patients.
- Electronic health records.
- Telemedicine and telehealthcare
Which Are the Top Medical Apps That Our Healthcare Professional Panel Use Most Often?
It differentiates from other medical apps because it’s a medical knowledge library app with resources for medical students and clinicians. It allows physicians to find medical answers in their 1000+ peer reviewed articles. They offer a 5-day free trial and once it’s up, it costs $14.99/month for students and $29.99 for clinicians. It’s available both for Android and iOS. It has a 4.9/5-star rating with over 8.8k reviews between both app stores.
UpToDate (by Wolters Kluwer)
It’s a medical knowledge database that helps healthcare professionals with monitoring and interpreting all the latest evidence available to make the most appropriate care decisions. It includes medical trends and clinical and drug decision support together with patient education resources. It has many subscription options based on profile and number of people. The individual cost for physicians is $58.00/month. It’s available both for Android and iOS. It has a 4.4/5-star rating with over 9.7k reviews in the Play Store amongst the other medical apps.
The Medscape medical app offers the latest medical news and expert commentary for every specialty as well as drug and disease information, relevant professional education, and CME/CE activities. It includes access to 400= medical calculators, Drug Interaction Checker, Pill identifier, and more. The app is free, and it doesn’t have any hidden costs or subscription fees. It’s available both for Android and iOS. It has a 4.3/5-star rating with over 61.4k reviews in the Play Store and a 3.7/5-star rating with 903 reviews in the iOS app store.
Amongst the medical apps, this is the go-to medical app for Oncology professionals, it’s key features are: adjuvant tools, over 20 interactive formulas, over 14 prognostic scores, CTCAE database of standardized classification of adverse effects, AJCC TNM staging, drug info and interaction checker. The app is completely free to use and there are no hidden costs nor subscription fees. It’s available through their web app, as well as Android and iOS. It has a 4.9/5-star rating with over 500 total reviews.
It’s a healthcare collaboration platform with a focus on exchanging knowledge between healthcare professionals. From common presentations to rare cases, it has the largest library of medical cases in the world curated in real-time by healthcare professionals and with a very attractive visual user interface. Another interesting feature are its quizzes and the possibility of earning CME credits. The app is free and available both for Android and iOS. It has a 4.2/5-star rating with over 13.5k reviews in the Play Store and a 4.7/5-star rating with 1.3k reviews in the iOS app store amongst other medical apps.
MDCalc Medical Calculator
Online medical reference for healthcare professionals that provides point-of-care clinical decision-support tools, including medical calculators, scoring systems, and algorithms. The app is completely free to download and it gives unlimited access to it’s features. It’s available as a web app as well as for Android and iOS. It has a 4.2/5-star rating with over 13.5k reviews in the Play Store and a 4.7/5-star rating with 1.3k reviews in the iOS app store.
In a future post, we will cover more about mobile health technologies, with some of the medical mobile apps and medical trends that are used by our European panel members, like:
- 360 medics (France)
- BNF & BNF for Children (UK):
- Farmaci (Italy)
- iDoctus (Spain)
- Univadis (UK & France)
- Vademecum (Spain)
- Vidal (France)
If you have any other medical app that you are currently using and we didn't cover in this post, please share it in the comments section below.
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