Best Apps: Medical

medicalMedical professionals need day-to-day access to vast troves of information as they help us confront the conditions that afflict us. The iPhone is a huge boom for them—no more searching through medical reference books or finding a computer to look up information online. With the iPhone, they can have it in the palm of their hand, wherever and whenever they need it. The App Store's Medical category includes apps that provide pharmacy and drug information, anatomy and electrocardiogram guides, the latest medical news, and much more. Consumers may be interested in some of these solutions, including apps that identify diseases based on symptoms and others that deal with common medical situations like pregnancy or caring for a new baby.

Best of the Best

Blausen Human Atlas ($19.99, iPad version available, combines 3D medical animations with a searchable medical term glossary and detailed still images.

ECG Guide ($0.99, is a comprehensive ECG app with over 200 examples of common and uncommon ECGs.

Epocrates (Free, includes unique features like a pill identifier, formulary data, and a dosing calculator and contains clinical information on thousands of prescription medicines and hundreds of OTC drug products.

Pedi STAT ($2.99, is a rapid reference for RNs, paramedics, physicians and other healthcare professionals caring for pediatric patients in the emergency or critical care environment.

The Muscle System Pro ($19.99, A powerful reference tool that allows the user to zoom in and identify an individual muscle.

First Aid

Pocket First Aid & CPR ($3.99, Concise, clear instructions to provide care in first aid situations–includes the latest emergency information from the American Heart Association.

Emergency Aid ($1.99, is a thorough compilation of what to do when faced with a personal threat, disaster, or emergency.

Army Survival ($1.99, provides a complete reference guide on basic survival, evasion, first aid and recovery information.

Army First Aid ($1.99, brings the Army's 600 page first aid manual to you.

PocketCPR ($3.99, Real-time feedback and instructions on CPR that empowers anyone to learn and practice CPR.

Pharmacy Apps

Davis's Drug Guide (Free/requires a paid subscription, delivers up-to-date, comprehensive, and practical information on over 5,000 trade name and generic drugs.

Lexi-Comp (Free, includes 30-days of access to Lexi-Comp's database of medical and pharmacological information.

Skyscape's Medical Bag ($1.99, coordinates resources for drug information, interactions, clinical information, calculators, tools, clinical trial, and research updates

Epocrates (see "Best of the Best")

Medical Professionals

ICD-9 Pro ($0.99, has been developed as a quick reference for healthcare providers by healthcare providers. It includes a search function as well as an index for locating the desired code quickly.

MedCalc (Free, is a free medical calculator that gives you easy access to a wide array of medical formulas, scores, and classifications.

Epocrates (see "Best of the Best")

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