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December 12, 2017
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10 of the most popular professional medical apps

Medical apps are changing the way medicine is practised. In professional hands, they’re a leap forward. For patients they’re a mixed blessing.

According to the Pew Internet and Family Life Project, 80 percent of patients seek electronic health information and 35 percent use apps to diagnose their conditions and find treatments. It can be a fool’s game: a study at the University of Pittsburgh found that three apps designed to spot cancerous moles using a camera get a third of diagnoses wrong. This year, the FDA will begin regulating mobile apps as medical devices.

Here are 10 of the most popular professional medical apps.

Airstrip Cardiology by Airstrip Technologies. View patient’s full ECG history. Cardiac waveform data provides quicker diagnosis and treatment. iOS (iPhone, iPad). Free (requires Apple software to access patient data).

FINR Brain Atlas by Florida Institute for Neurologic Rehabilitation. Comprehensive 3D models of normal structures and common injuries. iOS. US$1.99. Medscape by WebMD. News from 34 medical specialties. Clinical references section, drug interactions and contraindications, education material. Most downloaded. iOS/Android. Free.

Mobile MIM by MIM Software. Medical images from SPECT, PET, CT, MRI, X-ray and ultrasound. Latest version 3.0.6 is highly regarded. iOS. Free.

Muscle System Pro by 3D4Medical. Learning and reference tool. “The de facto choice for anatomy visualization,” says iMedicalapps.com. Developed with Stanford med school. Top rated, as their Heart Pro 111. iOS. US$19.95.

Muscle Trigger Point by Real Bodywork. Shows over 100 trigger points in more than 70 muscles. Recommendations appear on pop-up screens. iOS/Android. US$2.99.

Orthopedic Patient Education by 3D4Medical. Animated, highly effective patient education tool in anatomy, conditions and treatments. Top clinician reviews. Video demo. iOS. US$59.99.

Pocket Lab Values by Joefrey Kibuule. Access to over 320 common and uncommon lab values. iOS. US$2.99.

Skyscape Medical Resources by Skyscape. Highly regarded globally. Searchable data on over 800 topics, medical calculators and drug info. Includes MedAlert with access to journal articles, drug alerts, clinical news and more. iOS/Android. Free.

VisualDx by Logical Images. Provides multiple images of different disease variations and strains. Quicker diagnosis of visual dermatological conditions. iOS/Android. Free (subscription required).

This article was accurate when it was published. Please confirm rates and details directly with the companies in question.

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  1. On February 19, 2013, Eric Gable said:
    This is a very much appreciated article. Would it be feasible to make this a regular feature (quarterly, semi-annually, or ??)?

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