Innovara Digest: Our Favorite Medical Apps for Physicians and Patients
According to the 2016 Physicians Practice Technology Survey, 45.4% of physicians use smartphone apps on the job. A 2015 PwC survey stated that one in three consumers have at least one health app on their phones. Here are just a few of the medical apps on the market for physicians and patients alike (all prices are in USD):
With a handheld ophthalmoscope and smartphone camera, Optoview allows PCPs to send photos of their patient’s retina to local eye care specialists for a thorough diagnosis. The app can also store unlimited patient information and exam data, and generate reports for reimbursement.
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Epocrates (Essentials $159.99; Plus $174.99)
Epocrates allows the user to review drug information in depth, including interactions, alternate medications, and pill ID. The app also provides a BMI calculator, medical news, and more information on drug coverage provided by select insurance companies. The latest update is rated 4/5 stars on the iTunes app store, and boasts that “1 out of 2 physicians rely on Epocrates to enable better patient care.”
UpToDate ($400 annually)
UpToDate is a richly-populated, easy-to-use database of the most current medical research. Geared towards medical students, it includes detailed articles, clinical calculators, and a list of secondary lines of therapy. It is a bit pricy, but SteadyHealth claims that it is “worth every penny.”
Docphin helps you customize your journal lists, allowing you to focus on research that is relevant to your interests. You can read, download, and save articles directly from the app, as well as share folders of articles and receive alerts regarding new research. The app integrates with your institution’s library and stores your login so that you do not have to enter it in each time you download an article.
Figure 1 (FREE)
Dr. David Ahn on imedicalapps.com calls Figure 1 the Instagram of healthcare. Users upload their medical photos, give and receive insights, and answer questions. Figure 1 has a sleek interface and a rapidly growing user base: over a million downloads on Google Play alone.
Doctor on Demand ($40)
Patient preferences are shifting away from the conventional trip to the doctor’s office. Doctor on Demand allows you to have a personalized session with a doctor, spontaneously or scheduled in advance, who can answer your health questions or even prescribe medicine. This medical app has over 1 million downloads in the Google Play Store and has received a solid 5-star rating in the iTunes Store.
Kardia monitors your heart rate in conjunction with the AliveCor Heart Monitor. The app will let you know if it detects any abnormalities. For $9, you can send the report directly to a cardiac technician, and for $19, you can send the report to a U.S. Board Certified Cardiologist for a tailored recommendation.
Medisafe (FREE; premium version $39.99)
Medisafe Medication Tracker claims to increase medication adherence from 50% to 86% by organizing medications, sending helpful reminders, and providing patient information. You can also enter in your blood glucose, cholesterol, pain level, pulse, weight, temperature, and more to make your progress reports more detailed. A Medifriend alert system helps you and others keep each other accountable.
Practo is the #1 health app in Asia. It is an all-in-one service that allows you to book doctor’s appointments, consult with doctors online, order medications, set reminders, and receive free health tips. The app secures your health records with 256b end-to-end encryption.
Tell us about your favorite medical apps. What do you use to manage your health, or the health of your patients?