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Top 5 Medical Apps for the Upcoming iPad [Health Care Professionals Edition]

 Editor’s note: Make sure to check out our new Top 10 free iPad Medical Apps list!

Apple has made it clear that current iPhone apps will run on the iPad.  For many of the medical apps we’ve reviewed, its welcome news, but it won’t make the user experience of these apps any different.  However, there are a few medical apps currently on the iPhone whose user experience should be greatly enhanced by the iPad’s 9.7 inch 1024 x 768 pixel display.

The following are the top 5 medical apps we’re excited to see in action on the iPad.  This list is focused for health care professionals, and stay tuned for another list for medical students. Of note: These apps will only be great on the iPad if the developers port them over – basically, if the developers make a custom version of the app for the iPad.

(1) Blausen Human Atlas – When I think of the iPad in medicine, this app embodies one area in which the iPad could shine.  The Blausen Human Atlas includes 3D figures of human anatomy, an expansive medical glossary, over 1,000 still images, and a library of videos explaining common medical conditions like GERD and osteoarthritis.

blausen human atlas

Basically, everything in this app is designed with the goal of improving patient-physician communication. A provider who is trying to explain cholecystitis to a patient could access videos that explain the disease, still images to clarify any confusing points, and even 3D figures of GI anatomy to explain the corrective surgery.  The app performs admirably on the iPhone’s 3.5 inch display, but on a display more than twice this size – the iPad’s – it should shine.

Links: Blausen Human Atlas App Review
[iTunes Link]


Satish Misra, MD

Satish is a Cardiology Fellow at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is a founding partner and Managing Editor at iMedicalApps. He believes that mobile technology can change the way healthcare is delivered and that iMedicalApps is a platform through which clinicians can be empowered to lead the charge.

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15 Responses to Top 5 Medical Apps for the Upcoming iPad [Health Care Professionals Edition]

  1. bruceblausen March 25, 2010 at 5:17 pm #

    You bet, Satish. Thanks for the endorsement!

    At Blausen Medical we, too, are excited for all to see our Blausen Human Atlas iPhone app, running on the iPad. With its larger screen real estate, our 150 3D animations of common medical conditions and treatments will be even more powerful in terms of patient education right at point of care (… ).

    Can’t wait! April 3 can’t come too soon….

    Bruce Blausen Founder & CEO Blausen Medical

  2. Droid-MD March 29, 2010 at 8:22 am #

    It will be interesting to see if Orisix plans on coming out with a custom app for the iPad itself. Although looking at it now, you would think their App was really meant for the iPad, not the iPhone

  3. iPhone App Reviews April 8, 2010 at 12:04 am #

    That’s Cool for the iPhone Lovers and the Health care……!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. jan April 23, 2010 at 2:04 pm #

    Anyone figure out a good system for reading medical journals on the ipad?

    • Iltifat Husain May 15, 2010 at 8:22 pm #


      Check out one of our recent posts about how the iPad can be used for reading medical journals. Although, we are coming out with a review of the Papers app, which on initial impressions looks amazing for organizing PDF files. We’ll have a full review of it though


    • jaap February 4, 2011 at 10:52 am #

      Papers runs on Mac and iPad

  5. Quintin April 29, 2010 at 11:00 am #

    Mostly it is useful for reference material. I go into more detail here:

  6. IGotAComment November 19, 2010 at 8:47 am #

    Are there other iPad H&Ps than iPad EMR (the cost is $2000). This is a bit too expensive. All I want is a basic H&P as I primarily work locum and don’t need an extensive EMR H&P.

    With all the money spent by government, why isn’t there a basic EMR H&P available FREE to all practitioners? This could be the stimulus to start using/developing a nationwide EMR H&P that has the transferable information to another more complex data base. I guess I just look at wrong. If I have hypertension and I’m poor, broke or unemployed recently, how do I get my blood pressure or diabetes prescription renewed. I guess I need to spend $150 or more on a physician’s office visit for a blood pressure check or blood glucose/A1C check (and another $200 on labs that are likely not to change my prescription) and finally spend $20.00 on inexpensive meds that is the only part I can really afford.

    I’ve often thought that every person needs to have a basic H&P to personally realize their personal health status. Why aren’t there free walk-in clinics to do these basic H&Ps and to check your blood pressure and renew your meds as above. Sure, there are liability issues involved, but why is that. Laws can be made to protect practitioners. Let’s start with the basic health care. Let’s start providing free, non-liability health care in the community. No, we are not going to answer all the questions or save all the lives, but it is a start, and more than we have now. The current system of providing “health insurance” to everyone is too expensive and is going to bankrupt our nation. What we need is “health care”, not more expensive health insurance.

    I’m off my rant. Back to my question: Anyone know of an inexpensive basic iPad EMR H&P? Have a good day!

  7. Ecole November 29, 2010 at 12:59 pm #

    Has anyone pinned down how to allow referring physicians using ipads to be able to access images from the PACS system yet? We have several referrign docs that want to access reports and images from our RIS/PACS. I have gotten it too work within our domain, but when outside of it I run into the issues of securing the connection. i beleive thta I had the VPN setup correctly, but still had issues pushing the images to my ipad as a test from the local starbuck (seattle IT guy… i know).

    Any ideas?

    • Ed September 25, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

      Hi Ecole – just read your posting about free H&P’s etc. How are you doing finding what you wanted?

  8. andykeating December 3, 2010 at 9:24 pm #

    hey i never knew about medical apps idea..great man.. :) thanx for sharing..

  9. Duncan October 25, 2011 at 11:53 am #

    There is an app for medical use that allows patients who are unable to speak or write to point to icons of commonly requested items. Bedpan, Lights, etc. It is a free app too. It is called “Picture Board” and runs on the iPad. It can be used by hospice and elderly care facilities as well as the deaf and dumb.

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