Editor’s note: Make sure to check out our new Top 10 free iPad Medical Apps list!

Apple has made it clear that current iPhone apps will run on the iPad.  For many of the medical apps we’ve reviewed, its welcome news, but it won’t make the user experience of these apps any different.  However, there are a few medical apps currently on the iPhone whose user experience should be greatly enhanced by the iPad’s 9.7 inch 1024 x 768 pixel display.

The following are the top 5 medical apps we’re excited to see in action on the iPad.  This list is focused for health care professionals, and stay tuned for another list for medical students. Of note: These apps will only be great on the iPad if the developers port them over – basically, if the developers make a custom version of the app for the iPad.

(1) Blausen Human Atlas – When I think of the iPad in medicine, this app embodies one area in which the iPad could shine.  The Blausen Human Atlas includes 3D figures of human anatomy, an expansive medical glossary, over 1,000 still images, and a library of videos explaining common medical conditions like GERD and osteoarthritis.

blausen human atlas

Basically, everything in this app is designed with the goal of improving patient-physician communication. A provider who is trying to explain cholecystitis to a patient could access videos that explain the disease, still images to clarify any confusing points, and even 3D figures of GI anatomy to explain the corrective surgery.  The app performs admirably on the iPhone’s 3.5 inch display, but on a display more than twice this size – the iPad’s – it should shine.

Links: Blausen Human Atlas App Review
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