Smartphones and apps have become so ingrained in society that even our doctors have a handful of go-to apps they use on a daily basis. Luckily, most of these aren’t just limited to handsome healthcare professionals.
We've picked 5, good enough for your doctor apps, that you can download today.
Since its release, Medscape has become one of the most comprehensive medical applications available on Android and iOS. While it provides 3,500+ clinical disease references, many healthcare professionals use it for its large - over 7,000 - drug references.
It’s not just the amount of references, however, it’s also the fact that the app provides an interaction checker so that you and your doctor can make sure that none of your prescribed drugs interact negatively with each other. Aside from typical prescription drugs, Medscape also lists various herbal medicines as well.
Besides the disease and drug references, Medscape also offers over 2,500 images and procedure videos all accessible both online and offline. The best part? It’s completely free.
For those of you that want to stay up-to-date on important medical news, Medpage Today is the perfect app. It’s clean, simple and easy to use. During setup, you choose your interests and preferences then immediately begin receiving medical news stories.
The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine provides much of the content, which give a sense of legitimacy to the articles.
While doctors have studied anatomy, it’s never a bad idea to brush up on the basics. If you’re not a doctor, it’s a good idea anyway to know the difference between your tibia and your femur. This 3D anatomy app gives detailed images of the human skeletal and muscle structure. You can rotate the body 360 degrees and zoom into different body parts for more detail. If you’re looking for a specific part, you can enter it into the search and find it almost immediately.
The app also offers quizzes to test your knowledge. All of the provided information comes from Gray’s Anatomy and Wikipedia. The free version only provides skeletal and muscular system though you can upgrade to the Pro version to receive more detailed information.
Price: $4.99 - $6.99 (free version available)
Ever wanted to get immediate answers to your health questions from a top doctor? The HealthTap app allows you to do just that. Enter in a question and you will receive an answer within a few moments. You can receive as many different opinions as you like.
Aside from advice on symptoms and conditions, HealthTap also offers daily health tips on a variety of health topics catered specifically to your interests. The app also allows you to search the database for a doctor and make an appointment to meet.
Wondering what the heck is wrong with you? Download the iTriage app and you can get your answer almost immediately and even find the most appropriate treatment, doctor or facility.
The app offers a huge database of symptoms, diseases, conditions, procedures, medications and drugs. If you have an immediate issue, the app will also locate the nearest emergency care center and give you turn-by-turn directions so that you can get there as quickly as possible.
Health information no longer has to be difficult to obtain or understand with the help of these and hundreds of other health apps available on iOS and Android.
Of course, no app will take the place of actually going to a doctor for a checkup (at least not yet) so it’s still a good idea to schedule an appointment if you do notice something wrong.
And a word of advice? Don’t get too wrapped up reading all the different symptoms and diseases listed in these apps, it’s enough to make you a hypochondriac!