iPad customized medical apps already in the Apple App Store

Developers for some of our favorite medical apps have been working at a fever pitch to have their apps utilize the extra functionality and screen space offered by the iPad.  Just to be clear, all your iPhone medical apps will run on your iPad.  But, some developers have made “iPad versions” of their medical apps.  The following are some of our favorite medical apps that have done this conversion, and screenshots of how they have utilized the extra space and features afforded by the iPad.


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We actually mentioned Papers in our recent “Top 5 medical apps for the upcoming iPad” post.  This is a fantastic app for organizing your medical literature.  You can basically store your whole medical literature library on this, and use native search engines to add to your collection.  One of the most difficult things to do on the iPhone is to read PDFs – and when you’re in the medical professional, that’s essential.

So far, from screen shots we’ve seen of the the iPad version of this app, it looks extremely exciting.  PDFs will obviously be significantly easier to read on the iPad platform – dare I say I’m really excited to read literature now because of the iPad?

Link: Papers iPhone Review
Price: $9.99

Grays Anatomy Premium

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Gray’s Anatomy for the iPad doesn’t appear to utilize new menu screens or aesthetic features offered by the iPad.  However, one of our biggest complaints when using this app on the iPhone was the difficulty in viewing some of the images with text.  The images on the iPad will definitely look significantly nicer.  Also, this app is for the iPad only, so if you have Grays Anatomy Deluxe for the iPhone you’ll have to purchase this separately.  At a mere $1.99, it’s not going to set you back too much and a great buy for anatomy studying.

Link: Grays Anatomy iPhone Review
Price: $1.99

MD on Call

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MD on Call has always been one of our favorite apps to use.  It’s a simple application that contains essential information for medical students and residents on call.  The iPad version of the app utilizes the extra screen space nicely to display algorithms in a more reader friendly fashion.  Personally, I’d think the iPhone version of this app would be more useful at the point of care, but if you brought your iPad into the call room to read your medical texts, this might be useful.

Link: MD on Call iPhone Review
Price: $3.99

Nuance – Dragon Dictation

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This isn’t the medical dictation app, but a preview of how the medical dictation software app will most likely look.  When we spoke to Nuance recently, they told us to expect Mobile Medical Dragon Dictation to roll out in the late summer this year.  We have video of the iPhone version of the app in action.

Link: Nuance – Dragon Dictation Hands on
Price: Free


Technically this isn’t a medical app, but we recently crowned Wikipanion our favorite free Wikipedia app to use when searching for medical literature papers.  The screen shots of this app in action on the iPad look fantastic.

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Link: Wikipanion Review
Price: Free

Remember, other than Grays Anatomy Premium, if you’ve already bought the app via your iPhone or iPod Touch, you won’t need to purchase it again.  When you use the iPad for these apps, the custom iPad versions should automatically load. Although these apps are exciting, we’re still on the hunt for a legitimate medical health record customized for the iPad.


Iltifat Husain, MD

Founder, Editor-in-Chief of iMedicalApps.com. Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Mobile App curriculum at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He is also the founder of iPrescribeApps, a platform for prescribing apps to patients. Dr. Husain has given lectures on digital medicine globally. He went to North Carolina State University for undergrad and went to medical school at Wake Forest School of Medicine.

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8 Responses to iPad customized medical apps already in the Apple App Store

  1. oncdoc April 2, 2010 at 6:00 pm #

    I’m interesting to see how the medical app from Nuance is going to look. The software I use for practice right now is atrocious.

  2. Marc-Emile April 3, 2010 at 5:00 am #


    — For MD on Call —
    You’re right, it will look good on the iPad, but it was originally designed (and written) with the iPhone in mind. That’s why we didn’t create a “XL” version of our app, so those who bought it before can just download the free upgrade and enjoy it on their iPad.

    MD on Call 2.0 is a major update (way more than just iPad compatibility) I hope med students, interns and jr residents will enjoy it!

    — Marc-Emile

  3. HD April 3, 2010 at 6:52 am #

    The Medicine Cabinet iPad Edition is good for tracking all the meds a person or family is taking.

  4. Adam Miller MS4 April 4, 2010 at 1:24 pm #

    Did anyone get an iPad? Would love to hear some reviews of some medical apps created just for the iPad, if any?

  5. Eric Wilson April 5, 2010 at 1:30 pm #

    We just got a demo of a full EMR on the iPad today… it was very impressive. Of course the person doing the demo was very fast with the iPad, but I can see it easily replacing our tablets.

    The software is called Life Record, looks like they have been doing iPhone development for quite awhile.

    the website is http://www.liferecord.com/

    • R Acosta MD May 15, 2010 at 3:06 am #

      Their demos are flash based so can’t be viewed on the iPad.

  6. Elizabeth May 21, 2010 at 2:29 pm #

    This Gray Anatomy App is much better: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app

  7. Dr Zahoor Ahmed January 21, 2012 at 7:22 am #

    I am so proud of all the medical application by iTunes in i Tune store . I am learning & practicing whatever help i get from the medical applications.It is a great help for medical students, doctors & postgraduate doctors. please make BMJ & AMJ as free application so that every one can get help
    long live i Tune

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