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Top 3 Medical Apps Reviewed

Do you have a pocket drug reference book that you’ve used for years? Are you ready to upgrade to an app on your smartphone or tablet?

As technology continues to pave the way for multiple uses of smartphones and tables, we often wonder what apps are out there and how beneficial they are. Physicians too are interested in learning about the most effective mobile apps in their industry.

The Statistics

CompTIA held its “Third Annual Healthcare IT Insights and Opportunities” survey.  It polled 350 doctors, dentists and healthcare providers and administrators as well as 400 healthcare IT firms via online surveys.

Some of the survey results include:

  • more than 50 percent of physicians use a smartphone for work purposes.
  • 25 percent of healthcare providers surveyed use tablets at their practice, while another 21 percent expect to do so in the next twelve months.
  • 38 percent of physicians with smartphones use medical apps apps on a daily basis, with that number increasing to 50 percent in the next twelve months.
  • Two-thirds said implementing or improving their use of mobile technologies is a high or mid-level priority in the next 12 months.

3 of the Top Picks


7,000 drug references, 3,500 disease clinical references, 2,500 clinical images and procedure videos, drug interaction tool checker, CME activities. MedScape is a free iPhone app that allows users to browse through medical information.


  • Pictures for almost every disease listed
  • Informative articles in over 30 specialties
  • user-friendly by being easy to navigate


  • Must register online before you can download
  • Does not have pill pictures or pill finder like some other apps (i.e. Epocrates)


A prescription medical reference app.


  • Drug Information contains concise information on 4500+ search terms including generic names
  • Diagnosis tool, emergency management toxicology part of license
  • Can install/store databases to card to save memory


  • Has separate app for drug interactions that costs
  • Typically 2 screens needed vs. 1 to find basic prescribing info (drug strength and dosing)
  • No free trial


Drug monographs and health plan formularies, drug interaction tool, pill identifier, medical Calculator, and medical news and handpicked clinical articles


  • Pill identifier
  • Universal Search feature allows you to type an entry to get drug names, tables and math equations
  • MedMath medical calculator


  • Marketing message pop-ups

Key Takeaway

Tim Herbert, VP of Research at CompTIA, said it best:  “As mobile devices and applications have become more user-friendly, affordable and powerful, the appeal to businesses of all types, including healthcare providers, has grown exponentially.” With so many options out there and so many more to come, apps for smartphones and tablets are definitely something to keep an eye on.

Over to you: Do you use a medical app? What do you like abou it? Please share your experience in the comment box below.


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