Mobile Apps in the Health Sciences

ipadMobile devices have become ubiquitous in academic health science education, and medical apps and mobile optimized websites are numerous. This year UVM’s medical clerkship students were each given an Android tablet, and Dana Medical Library provided technical support in downloading apps and mobilized web sites. This support was offered through a face-to-face class as well as an online research guide on the top health sciences mobile apps.

Starting this issue, the Dana Medical Library Newsletter will begin a column featuring mobile apps for a given specialty in the health sciences. This issue we will cover popular general medical apps that can be used in a clinical setting by physicians and nurses.

ePocrates Rx: This is a free drug reference application with brand, generic, and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, drug interaction checker and pill identifier. Other premium versions that cover evidence-based disease information, treatment guidelines, and ICD-9 codes are offered for a fee. ePocrates is available for Apple products (including the iPad), Androids, and Blackberries.

Calculate by QxMD: This is a free app for a variety of platforms including all Apple products, Androids and Blackberries. It offers over 150 clinical calculators and decision support tools, such as a water deficit calculator and the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist.

Skyscape: Again, free to all users on all platforms, this is a medical reference platform that offers access to a wide variety of medical apps, including ones licensed by the Dana Medical Library, such as DynaMed below and Natural Standard.

DynaMed: A popular evidence-based point of care tool licensed by the Dana Medical Library and available only to all UVM and FAHC affiliates. Users will need to download Skyscape (above) first, and retrieve an access code available from DynaMed itself or from the Dana Medical Library Reference Desk.

AHRQ ePSS: This free app allows users to identify clinical preventive services appropriate for patients. Users can also search and browse U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations.

If you have any questions regarding mobile apps, do not hesitate to use the Mobile Resources Guide or contact the reference desk.

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