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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.