General Medical Reference: UpToDate, Dynamed, and Medscape

UpToDate

For many of us, especially my residents and fellows, UpToDate is the medical application of choice for answering clinical questions. This app is ideal at the point of care in clinic, on the ward, in the ICU, during rounds, morning report, and anywhere really. It is the most comprehensive app available for internal medicine and is available as a mobile app for individual and institutional subscribers to UpToDate.

Dynamed

That said, UpToDate isn’t the only choice out there for quick medical reference tools. We recently wrote about 3 alternatives to UpToDate, looking at reference apps that hold their own against UpToDate. In particular, we were fans of Dynamed. Although not as comprehensive as UpToDate, Dynamed is one of the most evidence-based apps available. Previously hampered by a poor user interface, Dynamed recently released a new mobile app that is much improved compared to the old version. We recently reviewed the new version of Dynamed and found it the closest competitor to UpToDate yet.

Medscape

Finally, don’t count out the free Medscape app. Medscape is an interesting mix of an app! Part clinical reference, part drug guide, part news aggregator, part CME app, the Medscape app is a true jack of all trades. Remember that many apps, including Medscape, share user information with the pharmaceutical industry. The entire app can be used offline. Unfortunately, its medical disease and condition reference contains only 4,400 conditions compared to UpToDate’s nearly 10,000!

Again, see our recent review of alternatives to UpToDate where we look at Dynamed and Medscape along with a few other apps that are worth considering.


UpToDate

Dynamed

Medscape

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