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Top 20 Free iPhone Medical Apps For Health Care Professionals

7. Skyscape: RxDrugs and OCM (Outlines in Clinical Medicine)

Skyscape has a lot of potential, and it’s done a great job of flooding the mobile market place with medical apps that are useful. We’ve reviewed many Skyscape products on iMedicalApps before: Washington Manual of Medicine, Pocket Medicine – the “Red Book”, and 5 minute clinical consult.

The free offerings from Skyscape are in the form of RxDrugs and OCM.  RxDrugs is basically a drug reference tool, while OCM (outlines of Clinical Medicine) is somewhat like the disease pathology information offered by Medscape, except in a more difficult format to use.  And there inlies the issue with these Skyscape apps — great content, but overall user interface experience is lacking.  The apps don’t flow as well as the other drug and clinical disease reference apps mentioned prior.

Nevertheless, the apps do contain solid content, and are ranked high on our list because of this. Also, when you download these apps you get Skyscape’s Archimides calculator, an overall solid calculator.  The below pictures show some clinical reference tools in action.  For iPad users you’ll be happy to know Skyscape has all of these apps formatted specifically for the iPad as well.

Links:

- iTunes Link to Skyscape RxDrugs

- iTunes Link to Skyscape OCM (Outlines in Clinical Medicine)

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44 Responses to Top 20 Free iPhone Medical Apps For Health Care Professionals

  1. drrjv December 16, 2010 at 8:00 pm #

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

    • Iltifat Husain December 16, 2010 at 8:07 pm #

      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 May 10, 2011 at 11:55 am #

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

  2. Drroberta December 16, 2010 at 8:36 pm #

    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 January 26, 2011 at 6:35 am #

      which app is this in regards to?

  3. Frank Gaillard December 25, 2010 at 11:44 pm #

    Thanks for the review, and thanks for including Radiopaedia.org 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 http://bit.ly/cTCCP9

    Thanks again,

    Frank Gaillard
    Editor and founder
    Radiopaedia.org

  4. Patrick January 5, 2011 at 5:01 am #

    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 January 26, 2011 at 6:36 am #

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

  5. Dr.avi January 25, 2011 at 11:02 pm #

    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 January 26, 2011 at 6:36 am #

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

  6. Marciamac1 February 5, 2011 at 6:48 pm #

    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.

  7. Aapo Haavisto February 28, 2011 at 1:09 am #

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

  8. Jimena Granada N June 17, 2011 at 8:03 am #

    there are all these app for androide???

  9. Karen August 6, 2011 at 10:38 am #

    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 October 11, 2011 at 9:28 pm #

      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 October 25, 2011 at 8:44 am #

      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 November 18, 2011 at 4:54 am #

      Hi, I suggest an IPAD :)

    • Tania Tabassum January 30, 2012 at 8:55 am #

      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.

  10. Shawn Ammon August 7, 2011 at 9:38 pm #

    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:
    http://www.thomsonhc.com/micromedex2/librarian

  11. nab October 6, 2011 at 12:33 pm #

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

  12. Paul Wasserstein, M.D. October 6, 2011 at 6:54 pm #

    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 November 8, 2011 at 5:40 pm #

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

  13. med tech April 5, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

    Excellent! Really well presented and well compiled.

  14. Tim Richardson, PT May 2, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

    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.

    Tim

  15. Zoe August 14, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

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

  16. Susan Swan September 11, 2012 at 8:39 am #

    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?

  17. sgorman15 September 24, 2012 at 5:59 pm #

    Have you thought of updating this review?

  18. aurelio martinez December 25, 2012 at 6:53 pm #

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

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