Developers for some of our favorite medical apps have been working at a fever pitch to have their apps utilize the extra functionality and screen space offered by the iPad.  Just to be clear, all your iPhone medical apps will run on your iPad.  But, some developers have made “iPad versions” of their medical apps.  The following are some of our favorite medical apps that have done this conversion, and screenshots of how they have utilized the extra space and features afforded by the iPad.


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We actually mentioned Papers in our recent “Top 5 medical apps for the upcoming iPad” post.  This is a fantastic app for organizing your medical literature.  You can basically store your whole medical literature library on this, and use native search engines to add to your collection.  One of the most difficult things to do on the iPhone is to read PDFs – and when you’re in the medical professional, that’s essential.

So far, from screen shots we’ve seen of the the iPad version of this app, it looks extremely exciting.  PDFs will obviously be significantly easier to read on the iPad platform – dare I say I’m really excited to read literature now because of the iPad?

Link: Papers iPhone Review
Price: $9.99

Grays Anatomy Premium

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Gray’s Anatomy for the iPad doesn’t appear to utilize new menu screens or aesthetic features offered by the iPad.  However, one of our biggest complaints when using this app on the iPhone was the difficulty in viewing some of the images with text.  The images on the iPad will definitely look significantly nicer.  Also, this app is for the iPad only, so if you have Grays Anatomy Deluxe for the iPhone you’ll have to purchase this separately.  At a mere $1.99, it’s not going to set you back too much and a great buy for anatomy studying.

Link: Grays Anatomy iPhone Review
Price: $1.99

MD on Call

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MD on Call has always been one of our favorite apps to use.  It’s a simple application that contains essential information for medical students and residents on call.  The iPad version of the app utilizes the extra screen space nicely to display algorithms in a more reader friendly fashion.  Personally, I’d think the iPhone version of this app would be more useful at the point of care, but if you brought your iPad into the call room to read your medical texts, this might be useful.

Link: MD on Call iPhone Review
Price: $3.99

Nuance – Dragon Dictation

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This isn’t the medical dictation app, but a preview of how the medical dictation software app will most likely look.  When we spoke to Nuance recently, they told us to expect Mobile Medical Dragon Dictation to roll out in the late summer this year.  We have video of the iPhone version of the app in action.

Link: Nuance – Dragon Dictation Hands on
Price: Free


Technically this isn’t a medical app, but we recently crowned Wikipanion our favorite free Wikipedia app to use when searching for medical literature papers.  The screen shots of this app in action on the iPad look fantastic.

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Link: Wikipanion Review
Price: Free

Remember, other than Grays Anatomy Premium, if you’ve already bought the app via your iPhone or iPod Touch, you won’t need to purchase it again.  When you use the iPad for these apps, the custom iPad versions should automatically load. Although these apps are exciting, we’re still on the hunt for a legitimate medical health record customized for the iPad.