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The 7 Best Medical Apps and Tools for Doctors

Improve patient outcomes and better your practice with these apps
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Sep 22, 2021

Smartphones have become a major part of our lives. We use them for communication and for entertainment. Many also use them for work. Doctors are no exception. There are a plethora of apps available that can help make doctors’ jobs easier. So what are the best medical apps for doctors?

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1. Figure 1

Cost: Free

Best For: Connecting with other medical professionals

Figure 1 is a free social media app exclusively for doctors. It enables doctors to connect with each other on a secure platform where they can discuss cases and work together to improve patient outcomes. Using Figure1, doctors can share information about cases, discuss rare medical conditions, ask for and provide feedback, get in touch with specialists, and much more. There are more than 185 different specialties represented on the app. Plus, you can share photos and the app automatically blurs out faces for HIPAA compliance.

You can access Figure1 as a web app on Safari, Chrome, or Firefox. Additionally, this app is available to download on the Google Play Store and the App Store

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2. MDCalc

Cost: Free

Best For: Making clinical decisions and utilizing tools

MDCalc is a free app that is designed to help doctors with point of care. Within the app, there are hundreds of tools to help with clinical decisions, including dosing calculators, diagnostic criteria, and risk scores. You can favorite most-used tools for easy access and can even use the app offline. More than a million medical professionals use MDCalc to improve their workflow and to improve their clinical decision-making.

This app is available to download on the Google Play Store and the App Store

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3. Prevention TaskForce

Cost: Free

Best For: Accessing preventative recommendations for patients

Prevention TaskForce is an app and website that help medical professionals make preventative recommendations to their patients. You can enter patient characteristics, including age, sex, and risk factors. The app will then recommend screenings, counseling, or medications that may help your patient with preventative care that you can then choose whether or not to suggest to your patient.

This app is available as a web app, on the Google Play Store, and on the App Store

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4. Skyscape

Cost: Free (with in-app purchases)

Best For: Staying up to date on medical news

Skyscape is a cloud-based medical knowledge database designed to help medical professionals with clinical decisions. The app and website are a one-stop-shop for content from a variety of different trusted resources around the Internet. There are over 400 sources that contribute to Skyscape’s database that cover more than 30 different specialties. The app’s goal is to enable medical professionals to save time, reduce the risk of errors, and improve care for patients.

This app is available to download on the Google Play Store and the App Store

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5. Medscape

Cost: Free

Best For: Accessing expert commentary specific to medical specialties

Medscape is a free point-of-care app for medical professionals. The app offers a variety of features, including a pill identifier tool that also offers formulary information. Medical professionals can discuss cases on the app, effectively crowd-sourcing input from other medical professionals from a wide range of different skill sets and experiences. There’s even a tool that allows medical professionals to search for the lowest-cost medications and then to share that low cost with patients.

This app is available to download on the Google Play Store and the App Store

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6. Journal Club

Cost: $6.99

Best For: Access to landmark clinical trials

Journal Club is an app that’s designed to help medical professionals read articles more efficiently. There are other apps out there that bring articles from a variety of medical journals into one place, but Journal Club sets itself apart by providing summaries of those articles that are written by physicians and are also peer-reviewed. Each summary includes the main points of the article, as well as critiques and outcomes.

This app is available to download on the Google Play Store and the App Store

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7. IM Your Doc

Cost: Free

Best For: Patient relations and management

IM Your Doc is an instant messaging app that connects patients with their doctors. The app, which is HIPAA-compliant, is convenient and time-saving for patients, but it’s also beneficial for medical professionals. This communication tool can help doctors to reduce patient readmission to hospitals, improve patient satisfaction, and reduce the costs of healthcare.

This app is available to download on the Google Play Store and the App Store