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9 Must Have iPhone Apps for Healthcare Workers

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The days of Star Trek’s medical tricorder coming into reality are years-past: In many respects, you can pick up such a device at any mobile phone retailer…

The days of Star Trek’s medical tricorder coming into reality are years-past: In many respects, you can pick up such a device at any mobile phone retailer…

Just download the following programs to your iPhone (or, in many cases, your Palm or Blackberry) and you’ve got a powerful, well-rounded digital-utility-belt for fighting any number of health conditions…


Cost: $0.99

Inputting theoretical symptoms or that of a patient into this app will return relevant diseases and treatments as search results. The app also allows you to narrow-down “possible causes” for a quick second-opinion to professional diagnosis. iTriage could be used as a quick basic reference for doctors, nurses, or medical students in the field, but is also intended for use as an initial diagnosis tool for the public.



This free app is more than just a standard calculator, boasting a wide selection of formulas and scores, support for U.S. and S.I. units, bibliographic references for formulas, and searchable equations by name or keywords. According to one review, MedCalc is primarily intended for physicians and health care professionals “who, for-example, need the formula for the Rule of Six, or Absolute Neutrophil Count.”


Medical Encyclopedia

A vast resource, providing more than 50,000 pages of in-depth medically reviewed information for nine different medical categories including: symptoms, disease, injury, surgery, nutrition, poison, and tests, as well as various YouTube videos. Published by the University of Maryland, this indispensible interactive reference is available in English and Spanish.

PubMed On Tap
cost: Free$2.99

This app for lets healthcare professionals search through entries on the medical article portal PubMed. Users can e-mail the results as formatted text or RIS-tagged records, and access their most recent searches.

The app also comes in a free “Lite” version that limits the user to five records returned per search.

Drug reference and cross-reference

cost: Free


With the same device on which they take calls and listen to music, doctors and nurses can now connect with thousands of pieces of drug information, such as doses, adverse reactions, formularies, pricing, and images to identify pills by.

Epocrates can check interactions for up to 30 drugs at a time and includes a number of useful add-on medical tools, such as a mobile Body Mass Index calculator and a Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR) calculator to measure stages of kidney disease.


Epocrates Pro
cost: $99-199

Medical professionals can also upgrade to a premium treatment-specific version of Epocrates, which provides access to in-depth, peer-reviewed medical research content ranging from reports on diseases, to infectious disease treatment guides, to references on lab tests, and information on herbal and over-the-counter remedies.

Records and patient-management

iChart EMR

Imagine a “complete mobile Electronic Medical Record system” that doctors and other health care professionals can house on their personal iPhones to track and manage a patent’s information throughout treatment. Some of the features of iChart EMR include the ability to track labs and studies, write SOAP and Procedure notes, look up (and capture) CPT4 and ICD9 codes, and sync data to an online data center.



For doctors-on-the-go with little time, who want to earn Continuing Medical Education credits: Download this app and you’re off to listen to credit-programs and take the corresponding CME test from your iPhone, whenever you have a minute…


Indispensible for doctors, nurses and other medical practitioners doing shift work. SleepER estimates users’ cognitive effectiveness as a percent of when they’re fully rested. By asking you a series of questions, this app can show you how much your lack of sleep is impacting your performance, translating the information into an equivalent Blood Alcohol Concentration. Using such software to check BAC Equivalence could be a controversial new way to monitor (or self-monitor) how capable medical professionals are during back-to-back shifts or lengthy procedures.