The healthcare industry is becoming more consumer oriented and innovative than ever before. The industry is developing intuitive mobile medical and apps that monitor vital signs, analyse blood and urine, track medication adherence and more. Telemedicine and telehealth apps are dramatically making healthcare more convenient, less expensive, more preventative, and in many cases downright better.
In this article, we review the top medical and fitness Apps that offer sophisticated clinical uses and can deliver the two things many consumers consider most in healthcare – information and convenience.
This list is neither based on top downloaded medical apps according to their stats on the various App stores nor is it based on their ratings and reviews. Inclusion criteria for this list is based on the functionality these Apps offer consumers as well as healthcare providers in one of the following ways: Point of care use, medical education, or patient education.
- Medscape Mobile
Medscape Mobile provides the most comprehensive set of tools to support clinicians with all of their professional needs, including decision-making support at the point-of-care, medical news and perspectives from thought leaders across medicine. Medscape is a concise drug reference app —just like a mini-textbook packed with protocols for disease pathologies it is suitable for quick reference and for refreshing your medical knowledge
The amount of free content provided by Medscape is absolutely mind blowing and seems to continuously grow with each update. With over 7,700 drug references, 4,400 disease clinical references, 30,000 clinical images and 1000 procedure videos, plus a robust drug interaction tool checker are integrated for diagnostic and decision-making support.
Micromedex is a simple pharmaceutical reference app with features such as proper drug dosage and medicine recommendations. You can search the name of a specific drug to find out how it should be taken, as well as any potential side effects. You can also search by ailment for drug recommendations that will combat your medical problem, from the standard fever to lice control. Micromedex is in-depth, yet simplistic, so anyone can quickly find what they’re looking for in a pinch.
- Red Cross First Aid
Accidents happen, and honestly, we don’t always know what to do when they occur. That said, the Red Cross’ official First Aid app provides simple step-by-step instructions to guide you through everyday first aid scenarios, whether talking asthma attacks or broken bones. It also supplies you with a host of infromative quizes and safety tips regarding natural disasters such as hurricanes, and given that it preloads all content in advance, you never have to worry about whether you have internet connectivity.
PingMD is a secure messaging app for doctors to connect with other doctors, as well as their patients. Patients typically download PingMD only when their doctors are already using it and recommend it to them. If your doctor suggests PingMD, he or she might use it to follow your symptom progression, ask follow-up questions after you last visit or procedure, or assist in disease management. It’s essentially a HIPAA-compliant app that lets you communicate with your doctors the same way you might communicate with friends and colleagues: via text messaging, asynchronous messaging, image-sharing, and so forth. Doctors using PingMD can also leverage other doctors on the platform to get their advice. For example, your surgeon can ask another surgeon to review your x-rays and provide a second opinion.
Available on Android, iOS, Web
- RevUp by MD Revolution:
RevUp by MD Reveolution is an app and website where you connect with a team of health and wellness experts who help you track relevant health data and provide you with guidance and recommendations along the way. Similar to PingMD, it’s a service that you join when you’re invited by a doctor, healthcare network, or company wellness program that is already a part of the MD Revolution network. Users receive a unique link from their doctor or healthcare provider so enroll. Once you’re in the system, you might be assigned other specialists and coaches who can give you more personal attention and preventive care than any single doctor could. These health team members include fitness experts, nutritionists, and nurse practitioners. The coaches monitor data you put into your account, which can be manually added numbers like weight and blood pressure, or automatically tracked information from Fitbit devices and MyFitnessPal (a food and exercise tracking app).
- Pharmanews App
Pharmanews App developed by Pharmanews Limited is the latest innovative and educative healthcare apps in the android and iOS marketplace. It offers easy access to comprehensive information about the African healthcare and pharmaeutical industries. It equally gives subscribers instant opportunity to follow stories and columns that are of interest to you without having to wait for the printed version of the health journal.
EMDEX (Essential Medicines Index) is Nigeria’s trusted source for drug and therapeutic information published since 1991. Based on both the WHO Model Formulary and Nigeria’s Essential Drugs List, EMDEX is unique to Nigeria as it also details over 5000 drug products approved for use in the country.
- A powerful search
- Complete set of medical calculators; Body Mass Index, Peak Expiratory Flows, Dehydration Correction Calculator and more
- High resolution pictures
- Notes and picture notes