There are some obvious medical apps Emergency Medicine providers should have — we included these in our top 10 medical apps for Emergency Medicine list — there are also great medical apps that haven’t gotten much attention, but Emergency Medicine providers could benefit from them tremendously.

These “not so obvious” medical apps range from orthopedic apps to toxicology apps to ultrasound apps.

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Gout Diagnosis

You don’t have to tap a red or painful joint every time. Rather, this decision tool from Dr. Joshua Steinberg takes a validated study on Gout diagnosis and puts it into app form. The medical app is free to download, and while you’re at it – look at Dr. Steinberg’s other apps in the App Store. All of his apps are free, don’t require any registration, and are super useful.
Available for iOS (iTunes) and Android (Google Play)

GoodRx for Doctors

A fantastic medical app for helping your patients be compliant with their prescriptions. Many are familiar with the GoodRx app or the website – but GoodRx for Doctors is a new app they released a few months ago and makes it even easier to make sure your patients are able to afford their medications. The best way to use the app is to bookmark key medications that you often prescribe that can be difficult to afford for patients – such as clindamycin and prednisone.

Utilizing GoodRx, you can save your patients more than 70 to 80 percent on these medications and give patients the ability to afford a medication they couldn’t otherwise. Compared to other prescription cost reduction apps in the marketplace, GoodRx’s privacy policy is significantly better. With the app you can either text or email your patient the coupon – and the patient will receive the text and email from GoodRx – it doesn’t give patients your personal information.

We did a full review of GoodRx for Doctors with a video demo recently.

Available for iOS (iTunes) and Android (Google Play)


From UK physicians (orthopedic surgeon and Emergency Medicine physicians) – a great fracture management app that essentially puts an orthopedic surgeon in your pocket.  We’ve been fans of OrthoFlow for awhile now.  OrthoFlow Not only helps with fracture management, but helps you understand the key things orthopedic surgery is looking for when they see a fracture (e.g. how much displacement is bad and would require a change in management, etc). Our review of OrthoFlow gives details on how to use the app.

Available for iOS (iTunes) and Android (Google Play)

STD Tx Guide by the CDC

A great app from the CDC for STD treatment. The STD Tx app has been updated within the past year to sync new guidelines immediately when they come out. The app also does a fantastic job of giving alternative antibiotic regimes for those allergic to PCN. A must have for EM physicians.  Make sure to check out our list of all the key free CDC apps physicians should download.

Available for iOS (iTunes) and Android (Google Play)

ACEP Toxicology

A great toxicology app for EM providers and great to use at the point of care. One of the best parts of this app is the treatment dosing guidelines. Especially if you’re at a hospital that doesn’t have a pharmacist available 24/7 – the app does a great job of walking you through how to exactly dose antidotes. The best way to use the app is to search for the actual ingestion – e.g. “Tylenol” or “tricyclic” – and then it delivers the antidote to you. Remember to utilize your local poison control center as well.

Available for iOS (iTunes) and Android (Google Play)