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The most innovative Medical Apps of 2012

Docphin and Read by QxMD

What is it?

This year we saw a new type of app being released onto the market that sought to make access to medical literature simpler. Using your institutions proxy library access, these apps allow users to login once and have access to all journals available to that institution.

What was Innovative?

Looking for a journal article can be a tedious thing, especially if done away from the work-place, where users must login to the library and then search for the article. These apps allow quick access, and streamline user’s experience to get papers they need. This cuts down on the time to access the literature, and makes it easier to share among colleagues.

Why is it important?

Ease of access of medical literature is something that really matters in an age of practice driven by evidence-based medicine. Having access to the latest data that may drive practice on a daily basis is very important for practitioners that pride themselves on being up-to-date. In addition, reading articles via a mobile device is becoming common, and having an app that mimics other common apps like Zite and Flipboard makes reading easier to do and to share.


iTunes: Docphin (free), Read: Personalized Medical Journal (free) ; Institutional access to journals required



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13 Responses to The most innovative Medical Apps of 2012

  1. QxMD Medical Apps | Daniel Schwartz December 28, 2012 at 2:51 am #

    Thanks for recognizing Read by QxMD as one of the most innovative medical apps of 2012. At QxMD, we’re focused on enhancing knowledge translation and the adoption of evidence-based practice. We hope that ‘Read’ will help medical practitioners achieve this goal.

  2. Mark December 28, 2012 at 10:40 am #

    Thanks for thinking of my doctor mole app… Means a lot.

  3. Nate December 29, 2012 at 10:09 am #

    Yay for not a single Android app

    • Iltifat Husain, MD December 29, 2012 at 10:16 am #

      Yep, unfortunate that most of these apps aren’t available for android. We tried to do a search through android but the medical section of android is definitely lacking in regards to innovative apps. Unfortunately almost all developers first go to iOS before going to android in the medical category — a good number ignore android altogether.

      • Nate January 7, 2013 at 7:59 pm #

        Completely understandable. It is pretty frustrating to see what Android-users are missing out on, but I can tell that the tides seem to be changing; the number of decent medical apps currently in the Play store versus a year ago is fairly significant. When I first started looking into apps, I only had maybe 3-5 downloaded. Now, I have 20 or so. I’m hopeful this trend will continue.

        • Timothy Aungst, PharmD January 8, 2013 at 3:38 pm #

          I think with the rise of the number of apps available on Android devices, developers will eventually start targeting Android with more interest. I would not be surprised if next years review sees a significant difference in the apps presented.

  4. HIMAC | Edu December 30, 2012 at 9:46 am #

    Great article iMedicalApps Team, although i think you dont mention to any app developed beyond US.


  5. Derek ( March 2, 2013 at 11:33 pm #

    Thanks iMedicalApps! For you Android users out there, Docphin has an Android app as well!

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