Jane Braithwaite’s latest article, ‘The Application of Science’, published in the Independent Practitioner Today talks about the top ten apps for doctors and how they can make life easier. Read on …

The application of science

TopTips2Jane BraithwaiteWhich Apps are you using to make your life easier? Jane Braithwaite (right) presents her choice of the top ten apps for doctors.Medical appsWe have been investigating medical apps and our findings have been somewhat mixed. The majority that we checked out, including Medscape and Med­pulse, are very US-centric.Apps provided by large medical authorities such as the World Health Organisation, function well for a specific purpose, but are not widely useful.

We did find a few gems, though. If you know of any that we have missed and should be on our list, please do let us know.

 Pocket Anatomy: Brain/Heart

You can download the pocket anatomy app free of charge or buy a package which includes Pocket Brain and Pocket Heart for £10.99. To quote the company, you can ‘fly around the body with the swipe of your finger’.

We loved exploring this. It would be great for medical students or specialists who need to jog their memory about less familiar parts of the anatomy, and there are quizzes to test your knowledge. You could also use this to explain the anatomy to patients.

 Touch Surgery

Medical app panelThis fabulous app allows you to practise surgery anywhere. A vast library of simulations is available to download, and you can test yourself in privacy. My daughter enjoyed performing brain surgery!

 The BMJ best practice app

The BMJ app instantly provides doctors with decision-support information. It’s not as attractive as our number-two app, but it links to NICE and other guideline procedures. You can search for and download relevant information and personalise to a certain extent.

 Heart rate Instant

This is very simple: the user places their finger over the camera lens and holds it there for a few seconds . . . and your heart rate is revealed.

You can upgrade to track your results over time and create fitness plans based on your individual heart rate. This could be a useful tool in an emergency situation or to give patients a degree of control over their health.

 Up to Date

Up to Date is amazing. It’s an evidence-based resource tool that can assist you in making the right decision. The information avail­able in the app is peer-reviewed and there are 5,000+ contributors: all doctors and clinicians.

It’s produced by Wolters Kluwer, and 100-plus UK hospitals and approximately 1,700 independent doctors have signed up too.

 GMC CPD App

This app makes the process of recording your continuing professional development (CPD) activity easy to do – instantly. You can make a record on your app. When needed, download a summary report into your appraisal or revalidation process – making a simple, but easily forgotten task, easier to handle.

 UMotif

This is the first health tracker that allows patients to compile, log and send personal data to their doctor. The data received enables the doctor to provide patients with personalised, professional assistance, but also gives the patient increased control over their behaviour. UMotif currently has 9,000+ users, primarily based in London.

 MIMS

MIMS – Monthly Index of Medical Specialities – has been advising doctors for over 50 years about drugs licensed in the UK, providing dosage, warnings and other relevant information. The MIMS app allows access to information on over 2,000 drugs anywhere, anytime.

 Read: Personalised Medical and Scientific Journal

This app is US-based, but it is increasing globally in popularity. It provides access to up-to-date medical and scientific research.

There are over 3,000 reviews on Apple’s App Store and many users give it a five-star rating. You can personalise the app so it delivers information that is relevant to you, search specific journals and download individual articles. It’s a great resource.

 iscanner

I saved this one until last. It’s not specific to doctors, but it is brilliant and will prove to be incredibly helpful. It allows you to scan documents wherever you are.

You may well be thinking that it’s easier to take a photo, but how easy is it to print the photo?

The quality would be poor and you would rack up a huge ink cartridge bill. With iscanner, you can create PDFs that are easily emailed and stored. This will cost a couple of pounds, but I guarantee you will use it every day.

Enjoy apping!

 

Jane Braithwaite is Managing Director at Designated Medical and regularly contributes to the Independent Practitioner Today publication.

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