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Top 5 Free Android Medical Apps

 

We have updated this list — We now have a top 15 free android medical apps list that we encourage our readers to view.

Please click here to access the Top 15 free android medical apps list.

Health care professionals and students using Android are probably wondering what Android apps may be helpful in the health care setting.

Android developers continue to add more apps to the Market that relate to health and medical practice.  While the field of apps relevant to health care professionals on Android lags far behind the iPhone OS platform, there are several apps worth noting.

Here, we look at some of the more useful medical apps for clinicians, and list a few apps for patients as well.

The fact that we chose a “Top 5″ (and not “Top 10″), indicates just how limited the Android Market currently is for medical apps.

(1) Epocrates

It is hard to believe that an app as useful and effective as Epocrates is available for free.  See our extended review for Android here.

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Author:

Brett Einerson, MD, MPH

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14 Responses to Top 5 Free Android Medical Apps

  1. Droid-MD March 29, 2010 at 8:19 am #

    Why is the Android Market still lagging behind so severely? You would think Google had the blue prints to a successful App Store by looking at Apple?

  2. Iltifat Husain March 31, 2010 at 4:14 pm #

    Brett will probably comment on this more, but I think the main problem right now is the variety of Android devices and versions. Variety is always good for consumers, but not necessarily for developers. Certain phones can’t run certain android apps because of their version or the hardware specs on the phone – and this causes developers to lose interest in making apps for the Android Marketplace. Windows phone 7 series is requiring certain “minimum specs” on their phones, and I can bet its a direct result of the lessons learned from Android…

  3. Brett Einerson April 1, 2010 at 4:12 am #

    Re: Droid-MD

    You ask a really good question that deserves an extended answer. We are in the process of collecting perspectives from Android App developers about this issue.

    In the coming weeks, expect a post describing some of the difficulties that app developers are having with Android.

    Thanks!

    If you are a developer of medical apps for Android, please feel free to contact us with your own perspective on the situation. Contact us here: /co…

  4. BBooDoc July 10, 2010 at 3:20 pm #

    Android and Palm WebOS both suffer from lack of excited programmer-physicians I think, compared to the heady days of the Palm OS medical app explosion from 1999-2004 or so. Then we had all kinds of medical apps, not just calculators. It seems now there is Epocrates, Skyscape, and Everything/one Else. There are a couple encouraging free/cheap apps out there that I have seen in WebOS (MediPDA and the one that could access several pharm databases) but nothing like the huge selection of MEDICAL apps that Palmgear HQ had.

    I for one hope that WebOS and Android programmers will hook up with some doctors or med students and do apps like ABGPro, PregTrak, Shots, Narc Convert, Riley Kidometer, MedCalc, MedRules, Eponyms (at a non-Skyscape price!) and GrowthBP and so many more that I used to use on my Palms, before the dark days of PalmPre and WebOS (which I still like better than my wife’s Android phone).

    Of course with EMRs, we are not supposed to need Palms, etc now. For some things that is true, but usually not as fast.

    • Felasfa Wodajo July 11, 2010 at 3:57 am #

      It does seem like the price of entry is higher and that doctor weekend programmers are not going to achieve much prominence in an App store with 250k apps. There are still physician IT entrepreneurs out there, however, who are succeeding – look at AirStrip on the iPhone as an example.

    • showerShrimp November 15, 2010 at 6:34 am #

      There is actually a free Eponyms app using Andrew Yee’s database in the market now (search for Eponyms).

  5. Scriabin369 August 24, 2010 at 10:23 am #

    I was just wondering if anyone at your site has been able to test out the Android versions of Lexi-Comp suites. http://www.lexi.com/pda/google… I was thinking about buying it but would love to hear what someone says about a handson experience. Thanks

    • Iltifat Husain August 24, 2010 at 10:24 am #

      We will try to get a review of this. Thanks for the comment.

  6. Rtcares August 25, 2010 at 4:02 pm #

    It would be great if they would make android apps specifically geared towards respiratory therapist. They have so many for nurses, emt’s doctors etc. But would be wonderful if someone would come up with one specifically for ventilator, pulmonary resources, etc…. Would well be worth the money to all of us Respiratory therapist!!!
    Becky

  7. Eric September 7, 2010 at 9:33 am #

    I think that Android is still more promising than Palm OS. iPad apps are even more exciting to me. I am one of those physician IT entrepreneurs who enjoys playing with new platforms. My “specialty” in IT is medical records and charting applications. One draw back for charting applications/document generation using hand held devices is that it is a pure pain to input data from a tiny QWERTY keyboard. I decided to just stick with creating a charting application that would run off of a thumb drive so that any available PC could be used (with a full sized keyboard and monitor).

    With the advent of the iPad and Samsung Galaxy S I think I am going to have to rethink my strategy. These devices are great and will accommodate my software nicely. So, be on the look out for FasterCharts in an iPad and Android version very soon!
    http://www.fastercharts.com

  8. Cmsdgeist January 18, 2011 at 8:23 am #

    great, now i have to deal with iphone AND android patients who think they are doctors

    • educated patient August 2, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

      No offense, but I know someone who found out her problem from educating herself, when multiple doctors and specialists missed the diagnosis. You may be annoyed, but the people suffering from things doctors aren’t catching have a different perspective. Not to mention its hard for doctors to really get detailed info when all they give us is 10 minutes of attention before rushing off to the next patient.

  9. Nick May 31, 2011 at 7:47 am #

    You never think of Androids being so useful for such things as medical tools. Thanks.

  10. Lloyd February 2, 2012 at 12:54 am #

    I am a caregiver of a patiant that needs 24 hour care, it seems simple but i am looking for and app that has one button wiggit that they can tap and it would send me an txt letting me know she needs something. I have looked but I can’t seem to find any such app. any ideas?

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