5 Trending Healthcare and Medical Apps for iPhone and Android

July 13, 2015

Would you like to stay on top of the latest medical research and innovations? Preparing for a medical exam or simply trying to research specialized information is so much easier today than it was 10 years ago, and we've got mobile apps to thank.

Mobile healthcare technology has seen a lot of growth during the past couple of years, and it's no wonder we now have an app for absolutely anything. So how do you figure out which apps will be most worth your time?

If you'd like to stay on top of mobile trends, check out the top 5 most convenient healthcare and medical apps for med students, professionals, and the general public alike:

Medscape from WebMD

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This is probably the most extensive medical app that you can get for free. Medscape was developed by WebMD, and can be trusted as a highly reliable source of medical information.

Use Medscape as a drug and disease guide or as healthcare feed aggregator. The app's database is constantly updated and contains information about nearly 4,500 medical conditions.

App Features:

  • Drug references

  • Disease references

  • Condition references

  • Medical dictionary

  • 100+ different medical calculators

  • Guides and video lessons on how to perform more than 1,000 clinical procedures

  • Peer-reviewed medical journal articles

  • Continuing Medical Education (CME) Courses

  • Offline mode available

The beauty of this app is that it's a viable learning resource for healthcare students, practicing professionals and even people with no medical background at all. Medscape is the ultimate medical learning mobile tool.

Epocrates: #1 Medical Reference App

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Also known as the "#1 medical reference app", Epocrates offers you drug prescribing and safety information for more than 1,000 drugs. It's an invaluable resource for anyone who takes, prescribes, or needs to learn about any medication.

The app has both a free and a premium version, but the free version is not to be underestimated. Unlike other apps, which offer limited usage in their free package, Epocrates allows you to access nearly 50% of its vast database.

App Features:

  • Adult and pediatric dosing for FDA-approved and off-label indications

  • Check for potentially harmful drug interactions, up to 30 drugs at a time

  • Review national or regional healthcare insurance formularies for drug coverage information

  • Identify pills by imprint code or physical characteristics

  • Manufacturer, DEA/FDA status, and approximate retail price

  • Medical news feed and healthcare research updates

The premium version, Epocrates Essentials, gives you access to several other tools. Some of them include the infectious disease guide, the alternative medication guide and several point-of-care tables. You'll also receive additional premium content developed in collaboration with the British Medical Journal.

First Aid from The American Red Cross

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Developed by The American Red Cross, this is a very useful mobile tool to help you prepare for and navigate through real medical emergencies. A key feature of the app is its easy-to-navigate interface — you can access life-saving information in just 2 to 3 taps.

The creators address a wide variety of topics, from the most common indoor and outdoor accidents to natural disasters and food safety. Games and informative videos will help you prepare for almost any first-aid scenario.

App Features:

  • Step-by-step instructions to guide you through everyday first aid scenarios

  • Safety tips for natural disasters

  • Fully integrated with 911

  • Learning modules featuring videos and animations

  • Interactive quizzes

  • Fully functional offline mode

The app doesn't need internet access, as all the content is stored on your phone. You don't have to worry about mobile data or whether you have cellular service at all; this makes it the perfect app for outdoor adventures or when you're travelling outside the country.

Doctor On Demand to Skip Waiting Weeks

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This app lets you video chat with a real doctor, and even get a prescription from the comfort of your own home. This app is amazing for the general public, but also offers a very interesting perspective on the future of healthcare for all aspiring health professionals.

Doctor On Demand is showing us all that when it comes to medical services, speed and convenience will be what we're all striving for in the coming decades. Soon, we may shift to online treatment for most of our non-urgent medical problems.

App Features and Prices:

  • Physician and pediatrician visits: $40 per session

  • Psychologist visits: $50 (25 min session) or $95 (50 min session)

  • Lactation consultations: $40 (25 min session) or $70 (50 min session)

  • Same or next-day appointments

  • Get a drug prescription

Unlike real-life doctor visits, with this app you can save yourself the nerve-racking hospital procedures, the unavoidable pile of paper work, and even the time you'll spend driving. Doctor On Demand provides very convenient and stress-free service for both patients and doctors alike.

MyChart by Epic

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MyChart lets you access your health records on your phone or mobile device. You can easily view your medical history or make appointments. You can even check when you last visited your physician and what prescriptions you were given at each appointment.

Before you can use MyChart, you'll need to create an account through your healthcare provider and link it with the app. If you'd like to access even more detailed information about your medical records, you can head over to the official website of the app developers.

App Features:

  • Schedule and request appointments

  • View upcoming and past appointments

  • Check test results and immunizations

  • View physician progress notes

  • View medications and request renewals

  • Access preventive care Information

  • View your child's medical records

  • Download your personal health summary

MyChart allows you to manage your personal healthcare and keep track of your physical well-being over time. It's yet another great app which has the potential to shape the future of patient care.

Note: MyChart is currently available only for patients working with physicians based in Ohio, Nevada and Florida. The app developers are trying to expand their service and cover other states, so keep an eye out for your state soon.

If you’d like to explore more healthcare and medical apps, check out our article "9 Killer Apps and Gadgets to Make Every Healthcare Student's Life Easier."