9 Must Have Apps for Physicians

9 Apps for Physicians to Make 14-Hour Shifts Less Awful

Appointments, procedures, phone calls, emails, and emergencies are all in a day’s work for the average physician.  With daunting workloads and never ending tasks, physicians are constantly prioritizing their appointments and meetings.  Obviously, in medicine, some things are a little more important than others.  Tedious tasks and busy work that a physician might find distracting from their top priorities and patient care are often assigned to assistants.  For those tasks, I’ve come across 9 must have apps for physicians and their assistants.

9 Apps for Physicians and Assistants including physician search tools and more.
9 Apps for Physicians and Assistants

#1 MedScape

Created by WebMD, one of the most trusted sources for medical information, MedScape is somewhat of an extension from the standard WebMD designed for physicians and healthcare professionals.  MedScape provides information ranging from procedural tutorials, medical calculator, prescription information, continuing medical education (CME) through the apps education tool.

#2 Isabel

Isabel is a diagnostics and reference app.  The app allows physicians to select and enter parameters for their patients.  Physicians will then receive diagnostic suggestions based on age, gender, travel history, and symptoms.  Backed by peer-reviewed medical journals, Isabel’s information provides physicians with thousands of possible combinations.  The app is an ideal way to double-check uncertain diagnostics or to come up with solutions when they have none.

#3 Epocrates Plus

Providing peer-reviewed disease information, listings for alternative medicine, infectious disease treatments, ICD-10/CPT codes, and diagnostic graphs.  Upgrading to the plus version allows users to access all the features of the regular application as well as: pill identification, clinical practice guidelines, a formulary, drug interaction checker, and athenaText built in.  Epocrates is the most trusted medical reference database among physicians in the United States.

#4 PracticeMatch Physician Job Search

PracticeMatch is a job search app designed specifically for physicians and advanced practitioners (likes Nurse Practitioners and Physicians Assistants) in mind. It’s an ad-free way to search for new job opportunities and syncs between phone app and your online profile so you can easily keep track of positions you want to apply to.

#5 Read

An application by QxMD, Read provides research and topic reviews in an interface similar to an RSS reader for doctors that want to stay updated on industry news and topics of interest. It also grants access to PubMed, a compilation of medical journals, e-books, and diverse literature with millions of citations backed by Medline, one of the largest manufacturers of medical supplies in the world.

#6 Calculate

Calculate is another app from QxMD.  Calculate is geared toward physicians who must make decisions about doses and treatments based on numerical values.  Calculate is particularly helpful for medical practitioners like cardiologists and oncologists.

Physicians apps including physician search tools
The Top Apps for Physicians

#7 UpToDate

Much like Epocrates Plus, UpToDate is another medical reference tool.  However, UpToDate features a more expansive reference database.  Information is constantly updated by healthcare professionals and patient education systems and includes medical calculators, drug interaction data, and medical articles.

#8 Doximity

Like a Facebook Messenger app suite for physicians, Doximity is a tool that enables physicians to send text messages, pass faxes, and emails in a secure and confidential environment.  More than just a means to keep patient information private, Doximity is HIPAA compliant, meaning you can pass along confidential transmissions without concerns over future audits.

#9 Virtual Practice for Doctors

Virtual Practice for Doctors is a unique communications app that allows physicians to engage and manage patients in various ways through a secure web portal. It includes remote monitoring, access to patient records, appointment management, patient notifications, and teleconferencing/videoconferencing capabilities.

Like all walks of modern life, mobile applications are reshaping the way we function, allowing professionals to perform tasks more efficiently and with greater accuracy. This is especially important for those responsible for taking care of our sick and wounded.

Cold Weather Running, It Doesn’t Have to Be Miserable

How to Go for a Run Even When it’s Freezing

It’s cold again and that means your morning and even afternoon runs are in jeopardy.  Even though it maybe 25-degrees out, that doesn’ mean you have to sacrifice your exercise.  There are more than a few ways to get some miles in even when it’s cold outside.

For hot weather runners, it’s always about staying hydrated and to keep your body cool by any means possible.  Running in the summer means wearing fewer clothes, drinking tons of fluids, and letting sweat keep you cool.

For obvious reasons, cold weather running is completely different.  Rather than sweating it out, you actually want to keep fluids from accumulating while also making sure your core temp doesn’t drop off too much.  It’s also super important to note that when you work out in the cold, your immune system works harder than it normally would.  A stressed immune system makes you more vulnerable to frostbite and airborne diseases.  Here are a few tips to stay safe and warm when running in cold weather.

Cold Weather Running
Getting Ready for Cold Weather Running
  • Layers Upon Layers. I’m pretty sure you already know this but layering in the winter is kinda important.  Too many people still make the mistake of thinking physical activity negates having to layer up.  Sure, if it’s brisk or cool, layering might not be the best idea.  When it’s cold, layers are essential.  When bundling up, it’s important that you cover up your entire body.  This means wearing a hat, a vest, gloves, a scarf, a heavy coat, and a thick pair of socks.
  • Stay Warm! Duh.  Well, I’m not just talking about your core temp or body temp.  Taking the time to do proper warm-ups is essential when running in cold weather.  Warming up before a run or a job keeps your joints from stiffening and helps your body acclimate to the freezing temps.
  • Fluids Are Still Important But so is Your Diet. Of, course it’s important that you stay hydrated.  However, when it’s especially chilly, you might want to start taking a look at your diet.  During the winter months, you might want to consider increasing your caloric intake.
  • Be Social. Running with friends is a great way to mitigate the affects of cold weather running.  Friends are great motivators and keep you from getting too bored on long runs.  However, they can also help you notice the symptoms associated with hypothermia.
  • Sweating in the Extreme Cold.  Fabrics that keep you dry are essential to any cold weather running routine.  These fabrics whisk away moisture and provide additional protection from the cold.  Moisture-wicking fabrics are available in shirts, gloves, hats, and bottoms.
  • Maybe It Really is Too Cold. Maybe it’s below freezing or maybe there are five inches of snow on the ground or maybe there’s both.  There is such thing as it being too cold.  Always keep an eye on the weather and know when it’s too cold.  There’s no shame in skipping a run to wait for the snow to melt.

That’s about it.  As you head out this winter to begin your cold weather running routine, keep these tips handing.  Also, make sure to check out the latest deals on cold weather active gear.  Urban Boundaries is one of my favorite sites for cold weather running gear.