If you have a smartphone, you already know it is a powerful tool that can keep you organized, productive and educated. It is also possible to keep on top of your profession with your smartphone. One of the most important things for anyone who works in the health care field is to keep their skills sharp. It is possible to do this no matter where you are if you have an iPhone thanks to the number of useful apps you can download. Certain apps are a must to have right at your fingertips if you are a health professional. You will find these to be very educational so that you can look up any information you need.
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Medscape is free and is provided by WebMD. It is used by millions of doctors, nurses, medical students and other healthcare professionals every day. It is also the top medical app available on the App Store. You can quickly access all the latest medical news, look up information on conditions, diseases, drugs and medical procedures in a comprehensive database and use a great feature of medical calculators. Medscape is your one-stop medical reference that is one of the most complete found anywhere.
Micromedex Drug Information
Micromedex Drug Information is a free app that is used by health professionals in 90 countries worldwide. It provides you with a wide and the most comprehensive drug information. There are more than 4,500 search terms you can use to look up information on all the drugs and medications you can imagine and how they will affect an individual when taken. Included with drug information is how to administer, dosage amounts, FDA information, effects of taking certain medications if pregnant or nursing and much more.
Bones, Joints and Muscles
Bones, Joints and Muscles is a great app to have if you are a physical therapist, orthopedist or orthopaedic surgeon. It is free and provides a thorough amount of information on conditions such as osteoporosis, bone cancer, arthritis, sciatica, gout and much more. All health professionals can get plenty of use out of the information found within this app.
Medical Encyclopedia is free and is available courtesy of the University of Maryland Medical System. It is a full, comprehensive medical reference that includes over 50,000 pages of medical information in both English and Spanish. Information that is handy in the app includes medical conditions and diseases, their symptoms, surgery, injury, poison and more. There are even YouTube videos of various medical topics available within the app.
Davis’s Drug Guide for Mobile + Web
Davis’s Drug Guide for Mobile + Web is free at the App Store and includes a full reference to all drugs that are available through Davis. The current edition of the app is the 13th and you must have a paid subscription to the Davis Drug Guide Service online to use it. Within the app, you get important information regarding brand name and generic drugs as well as how to administer them to patients. Also included is information on dosing, side effects and more.
As a health care professional, you should find all of these apps very useful. You will be more educated and can get or verify all the information you need right at your fingertips.
Laura Fields is a pediatric nurse and guest author at Top Masters in Healthcare, where she recently contributed to the guide to the Top 10 iPhone Apps for Healthcare Professionals.