Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

December 13, 2017

Medscape, by WedMD, is the highest rated app for iPad.

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7 apps for MDs

Medscape by WebMD remains the top-rated free iPad medical app and has more than a half a million downloads. In the US, it has replaced Epocrates as the most popular drug-reference app.


Calculate by QxMD is ranked as the best free medical calculator by iMedicalApps. Search more than 150 calculators by specialty or use the built-in search engine. The app covers cardiology, internal medicine, nephrology, general practice, hematology, gastroenterology, emergency medicine, oncology, orthopedics, respirology, neurology, neurosurgery, general surgery and obstetrics. Convenient user interface. Available on iPhone, Android and BlackBerry.


Radiology 2.0: One Night in the ED, by Dr Daniel Cornfeld of Yale’s School of Medicine, features more than 60 emergency medicine radiology cases. Users have compared the app to having a radiologist sitting next to them.


MedPage Today is one of the best medical news services for physicians/healthcare workers. Stay on top of a very crowded field. Requires iOS 6.


Resuscitation!, developed by EM Gladiators LLC and put together by ER docs, is a game that simulates Code situations. Revive patients using many possible interventions. The game scores your performance. Figure1 is a Canadian medical photosharing app recently launched in June, which allows MDs to share photos of patients’ afflictions. Co-founder, Toronto ICU physician Dr Josh Landy, calls the app “an Instagram for doctors.” The app has had a quick uptake, especially in the US. The Atlantic gave it a good review but cautioned squeamish viewers on some of its graphic content. As for the naysayers: Dr Bryan Vartabedian, an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College, criticized it in his blog, [33charts.com], for its lack of required proof of medical credentials.


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