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Last Updated: Jan 10, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates
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Free & low-cost mobile clinical apps

There are thousands of mobile apps available, but far fewer which are appropriate for use by healthcare professionals. This list focuses on free apps. Most are available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

  • Use local WiFi for downloading to avoid exceeding data plan
  • Each app has strengths and weaknesses--assess and compare with your own knowledge, experience and habits
  • Read reviews and talk to colleagues about what apps work well for them
  • Many apps are free, so experiment. You can always delete those not meeting your needs.
  • Regularly check App Store for updates
  • Organize into folders on your device to limit sprawl

Finding the best apps:

A few good ones:

  • AHRQ's ePSS (Preventive Services Selector)
    Designed to help primary care clinicians identify and offer appropriate screening, counseling and preventive medical services to their patients. Searchable by age, gender, selected behavioral risk factors. Based on current, evidence-based recommendations of the USPSTF (US Preventive Services Task Force). 
  • ePocrates Rx
    Free and paid versions, with pill identification, calculators and interactions. Free registration required from desktop. Read privacy policy.
  • LactMed
    Information about drugs and breastfeeding--maternal and infant drug levels, possible effects of drugs on lactation and infants, and alternative drugs to consider.
  • Lexicomp
    Extensive mobile drug database, available through library's subscription to full database. Contact library for assistance with registration process.
  • MedScape
    Information on medications, diseases, procedures. Also includes news and CME.
  • NCCN Guidelines
    Complete text of cancer treatment guidelines. Free registration required.
  • NEJM This Week
    Provides full text of the current issue's articles, as well as audio files for a summary of the current two weeks' content.
  • PubMedMobile
    Not an app, but a simplified mobile website for searching PubMed (MEDLINE).
  • Shots
    Immunization information from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine


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