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The best medical apps for your new iPhone

If you received a new iPhone as a present during the holiday season–welcome to the club. Now you have to know the essential medical apps you’ll need in the hospital and clinic setting. For those who received iPads and Android devices, don’t fret, those lists are coming next week.

1) UpToDate:

In prior years, you could only use the UptoDate (UTD) app if you had an individual subscription to the app. This left out thousands of physicians since they have access to UTD through their hospital or academic institutions, and were unable to use the individual iPhone or Android app. Thankfully, earlier this year they launched, UpToDate Anywhere. This enabled participating hospitals and academic institutions to allow their physicians to use UTD on the native iPhone/Android app for the first time.

We did an in-depth video demonstrations of how to set up UTD using your hospital subscription here: UpToDate setup on iPhone

Price: Free to download, though the subscription fee varies.

Link: iTunes

2) Micromedex:

A great app for looking up drug reference information. We prefer this to Epocrates and Medscape since its user interface is the most simple. There aren’t any logins required and we have less worries about pharma influence.

Price: Free

Link: iTunes

3) Medscape:

Medscape can help you with drug reference information, but as mentioned above, we prefer Micromedex. The reason you should download Medscape is because it includes a bunch of medical reference information, such as specific disease pathology and procedure information. Plus, it’s a free download–so no regrets as you can decide if it fills a place in your armamentarium of apps.

Price: Free

Link: iTunes


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. 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 The best medical apps for your new iPhone

  1. Sara Stanford January 8, 2014 at 6:30 am #

    Micromedex Drug Information is excellent information and drug list. The clinical teaching is wonderful and it’s very useful for medical student.

  2. Lily Evans January 12, 2014 at 3:27 pm #

    I’m not on the US so I can no longer use Micromedex, do you suggest any alternatives?

  3. josh January 14, 2014 at 12:17 pm #

    On basis of the positive recommendation here, I checked out Micromedex.

    I do not agree that it is a good app.

    There are 5 criteria that physicians must consider for any intervention, including medications, namely the STEPS criteria: Safety, Tolerability, Efficacy, Price, and Simplicity of regimen.

    Micromedex has no price information. Without it, a physician is missing key info.

  4. john greenwood February 15, 2014 at 6:32 pm #

    Hi Dr. Husain,

    Just wanted to say THANK YOU for all of your support. We put a lot of hard work into the PressorDex app with a goal of not just making a good app but also helping reduce some of the stress physicians may encounter when having to manage some of their sickest patients. It’s truly been an honor to receive such high marks from you and your team.

    — John

    • Iltifat Husain, MD February 16, 2014 at 8:24 am #

      No problem at all– really a fan of the app. Only recommendation would be to work on the User Interface a bit more so people don’t have to click so many times to pull down information. Also a more robust and featured full search function. GREAT content within the app — thats where it shines.

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