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Top 20 Free iPhone Medical Apps For Health Care Professionals

1. Medscape

Medscape again tops our list as the number one free medical app for medical professionals.  The amount of free content provided by Medscape is absolutely mind boggling and seems to continuously grow with each update.  7,000+ drug references, 3,500+ disease clinical references, 2,500+ clinical images and procedure videos, robust drug interaction tool checker, CME activities, and more.  Many use Medscape as a simple drug reference tool, but its true value is in the disease and condition clinical references it provides.  This is highlighted by some of the below pictures where we show the type of content provided when reading about an AAA.  The Medscape app is actually a mini-textbook packed with protocols for disease pathologies.  It’s not as detailed as the famous Pocket Medicine Red Book — but it does more than an adequate job of providing clinical pearls from the most common to less common pathologies.


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Iltifat Husain, MD

Founder, Editor-in-Chief of Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Mobile App curriculum at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

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  • drrjv

    Would be nice if we didn’t have to click through 20 pages!

    • Iltifat Husain

      If we had everything load at once it would take forever. There are
      over 100 pictures in this list. Due to the systematic detail put into
      the list and the comprehensive nature we had to split it up. This is
      basically a mini book. The alternative would have been a PDF file –
      don’t think many would have liked that.

      • Werner Barnard

        Maybe you could just have a list of app names (active links??) on the first page…..

  • Drroberta

    I tried it last week and think that the lenght of the tests and the pages it spans and will potentially for more compex cases will make it less fun. The developers may have to think of something to addess this…

    • Iltifat Husain

      which app is this in regards to?

  • Frank Gaillard

    Thanks for the review, and thanks for including apps in your list despite the fact that there are ‘lite’ versions.

    We certainly aim to make all our apps useful, even the lite ones. We make all our content available for free online (that is part of our mission – to create the most comprehensive online radiology resource available, for free, for ever, for all). Unfortunately such a project does need funding, and the apps are a way to support us as we continue to improve our site and our apps.

    If any of your readers would like to leave us a comment or suggest improvements, they can visit our feedback forum at

    Thanks again,

    Frank Gaillard
    Editor and founder

  • Patrick

    It would be nice, if you add at least an index of the 20 apps to the first page that allows an overview and a quick link to the corresponding app.

    • Iltifat Husain

      With our site re-launch, we are actually going to address this in the overall user interface. Thanks for the suggestion

  • Dr.avi

    It would be very convenient, if there is a print button, that lists the entire post on one page, so that it can be easily printed, and read in continuity.

    • Iltifat Husain

      This is an interesting thought. We’ll definitely take it into account

  • Marciamac1

    Wish I had a few of these apps yesterday with an ingestion of an OTC supplement on a “body builder” just googling led me to blogs for a list of ingreds and then finally the name of Lean FX. Took longer than I wanted but the ED MD was impressed. I had the right match with Poison Control also.

  • Aapo Haavisto

    This app is now non-free (even if it is not very costly)

  • Jimena Granada N

    there are all these app for androide???

  • Karen

    What is amazing to me is that I was the first generation of physicians using Palm devices for medical apps before they were integrated into smartphones, and the same apps (MedCalc, Epocrates, Medscape) have been around for years and just keep morphing to different platforms and expanded functionality. I gave up on Palm when I moved to the PalmPre and hated it, and have a Blackberry, but now want to move to Iphone or Android. Trying to figure out the best one for med apps and with the best “readability” if I want to do CME, or journal reading, especially as I find a need for slightly larger, crisper text. Old eyes. Any suggestions for best platform/devices?

    • Janos Pataki

      iPhone, by a mile. Had a BlackBerry, good for email and calendaring, just useless for anything else. The iPhone is just fantastic. I carry more info around than a library, all quickly accessible. UpToDate, antibiotic guides, calculators. I’d never go back to a BlackBerry (even though it would be subsidized by my hospital, unlike the iPhone.

    • Kim

      My suggestion for you would be to get an iPad. You can get a bigger display, crisper text and all other features of iPhone, except the phone function, of course. Android is just fake.

    • erica

      Hi, I suggest an IPAD :)

    • Tania Tabassum

      I would recommend android. Most of the best medical apps are available on android too plus it’s much easier to organise n move through stuff on android.

  • Shawn Ammon

    You should review the Micromedex drug interaction checker app that is now available for iPhone/iPod in the appstore. If your institution subscribes to Micromedex, the 90 day password for the app for your institution is available on the full web version of Micromedex, by clicking on the word mobile. Most institutional subscriptions can be accessed from computers on the institution’s network at:

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  • nab

    can all these apps fit into an ipod with 8gb memory?

  • Paul Wasserstein, M.D.

    I reviewed the apps list with interest. Our hospital is about to enter the brave new world of electronic medical records. All of my friends who do this at other hospitals think it adds a huge amount of time to their work day. There are in fact becoming ward clerks. I would like to see a “Siri” based app that allows for direct voice recognition of progress notes and deposition of the note into the EMR. Does such an app exist?

    • Chad Kellett

      Maybe Dragon Dictation is what you’re suggesting? Might not cover everything that you stated, but worth looking at.

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  • med tech

    Excellent! Really well presented and well compiled.

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  • Tim Richardson, PT

    I am looking for medical calculators that actually download the results to the EMR. Has anybody seen one that does this?

    Otherwise the calculator just decreases face time with the patient.

    Wouldn’t it be great to plug a few numbers into the iPad, have the calculator crunch the numbers and, voila! there’s the diagnosis or risk score or whatever right there in the patient record.

    Thanks for any info you guys can provide.


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  • Zoe

    I’ve just tried to download and Radiopaedia is no longer free.

  • Susan Swan

    I do a lot of ongoing case management and was wondering if there is an app out there somewhere for keeping track of patients and things to follow up on?

  • sgorman15

    Have you thought of updating this review?

  • aurelio martinez

    is there a similar app in Spanish, or one that can be used by physicians in Mexico ??
    Happy Holidays

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