5 Practical iPad Apps for Medical Professionals
It’s no doubt that the iPad is a pretty hip and cool device, but did you know that it can also be pretty practical? That’s right. There are a growing number of apps tailored for the medical field that are providing high-tech, high-resolution, and up-to-date data that is having a real-world impact on the day-to-day operations of medical assistants, nurses, and physicians. Here are five amongst the coolest.
VisualDx Mobile – Free (Trial)
This app is a great resource for anyone using the iPad in a medical setting, whether it be the physician, nurse, or medical assistant. By browsing the vast catalog of high definition photos showcasing different afflictions, medical professionals can compare their current patient’s symptoms with multiple visual examples. Although this app offers a good chunk of other reference data, the visual aspect of it is by far the most highlighted and appreciated by reviewers. The developers were sure to include variety within each diagnosis so that medical professionals could see examples of how children, adults, and the elderly differ in their presentation of the same condition. Additionally, the ever-ambiguous world of skin rashes gets a solid representation with examples of how they may look on different skin tones and types.
OsiriX HD – $29.99
One example of just how seriously awesome this app is for use in medicine, The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) gave it an award for Excellence in Design. That’s because it has managed to reconcile all of the various digital medical imaging formats and convert them to iPad format. What that means for medical professionals is that they can rapidly and distantly access diagnostic images from their patients and view them in high enough resolution to diagnose or recommend further testing. This is a dream come true for many radiologists who previously had to come in to the hospital to view images, often at odd hours if they are on-call.
Monthly Prescribing Reference (MPR) – Free
The Monthly Prescribing Reference (MPR) is a publication that began in the mid-80s designed to provide a singular up-to-date reference of important drug information. There are monographs that demonstrate which drugs have been approved for certain uses by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as information on drug interactions between prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications. And now to eliminate all that wasteful printing, many medical professionals are receiving the MPR via their iPads with the new MPR app. In addition to saving all that paper information, they now have more timely access to recall information the moment it comes out, instead of waiting for the next edition to come by snail mail. It’s gained great popularity for its wealth of valuable data and the involvement of pharmacists and physicians in the update and review process.
Medical Lab Tests – $2.99
Anyone who has ever taken a cursory glance at medical records knows that a lot of numbers end up in the picture. When a doctor says something to the effect of “we’re going to check your levels,” there are hundreds of numbers or values he or she could be referring to. Even for these medical professionals, the lab results page can be a little disorienting every now and then. So whether you’re a student in medical assistant training or career professional as a nurse, physician, or just the average guy or girl trying to grasp what the four pages of lab results from your last visit mean, then the Medical Lab Tests iPad app by Medicon Apps is for you. At your fingertips will be reference for levels and values on red blood cells, white blood cells, enzymes and proteins, and more.
Xprompt: Multilingual Assistance – $3.99
Sometimes in the medical field, expecting the unexpected doesn’t always have to do with challenges on the medical side. In a melting pot such as the United States, any city of significant size can expect to have members of the population speaking different languages. A smile and some hand motions or relying on the few commonly known words can get us through many of these encounters, but sometimes that’s just not enough. When a patient’s life or well-being is at stake, medical professionals need accurate information being communicated on both ends. That’s why the Xprompt iPad app was developed. It offers around 20 languages (and growing) in which medical staff can see text and hear audio examples in their native language/alphabet and their patients can conversely use the iPad to view and hear these same examples in their language. It’s no joke to say this one could turn out to be a real life-saver.
Stewart Kinn is a tech freelance writer who writes about anything related to technology and gadgets. Most recently, Stewart has been focusing on mobile and medical technology advancements.