A treasure-trove of iOS apps for healthcare professionals

A treasure-trove of iOS apps for healthcare professionals

Summary: Apple has opened up a library of great App Store resources for healthcare professionals, many of which are free. This article will show you how to find them.

TOPICS: Apple, Apps, Health
Source: Apple App Store

One of the biggest trends in healthcare IT is the huge boom in mobile technology, whether in the form of bring-your-own-device (BYOD), facility-supplied vertically-integrated mobility, patient self-care, or patient/provider collaboration.

As you might imagine, that means that there are a whole lot of apps available for both patients and providers. I've even spotlighted a few of them over the years.

However, until now, I've never had a place to send you to find a collection of great healthcare apps in one place. As it turns out, Apple has solved that problem.

Open the App Store on your iPhone or iPad and scroll down to the row marked "Collections" on the home page. Swipe to the left and tap your finger on "App Collections". This will take you to a long page that consists of sets of apps for a variety of different interests, from photography to cooking to getting in shape, and more.

At the very bottom of this list is a collection specifically designed for healthcare professionals. As far as I can tell, it's the only app collection Apple specifically spotlights for a professional category, rather than consumers. Tap that button, and you'll see a page filled with apps.

Apple offers apps in the following sub-categories:

  • Reference apps
  • Medical education apps
  • EMR and patient monitoring
  • Nursing
  • Imaging
  • Patient education, and
  • Personal care

There are a lot of great resources in this collection, and many of them are free. Go ahead and download some of them. It's the healthy thing to do.

What's your favorite healthcare app? Do you have one for Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, or another platform you'd like to share. Post in the comments below.

Topics: Apple, Apps, Health


Denise Amrich is a Registered Nurse, the health care advisor for the U.S. Strategic Perspective Institute, and a mentor for the Virtual Campus at Florida's Brevard Community College.

Nothing in this article is meant to be a substitute for medical advice, and shouldn't be considered as such. If you are in need of medical help, please see your doctor.

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  • Hooray

    Doctors can finally get themselves a high-school level education and put all those high-street experts to shame.

    Oh no wait a second. Its free, now everybody can get themselves a medical degree.

    I dont have a problem with devices and software in the medical industry, but this is just garbage. The average user this is aimed at is too busy stuffing themselves with every carcinogen and fatty acid he can lay his fat hands on and wont be interested, and doctors should know better than to trust a free download over at least five years medical college.

    If I walked into my doctors office and caught him looking up my symptoms on his iPhone or a medical term for something he should have memorised, I'd go to another doctor.
  • This is about Medical Apps or Apple

    Why is this column headed with a treasure trove of iOS medical apps when there is also a treasure trove of Android medical apps, including all the major companies.
    The writer should be passing on unadulterated facts to her readers not a biased view of the sector.
    Many apps the contain private patient information and that reside in the unsecured cloud will be hearing from HIPAA and or attorneys soon.
    • Why iOS and not Android?

      I'm guessing the iOS ownership in the medical community is a much higher percentage than in the general population. Is it because doctors are smarter, or because they can afford a better system?...not sure.
  • Don't think some of the commentors understand the article...

    I'm in the healthcare software business (but no, nothing for Apple!). The title clearly states iOS - and many of the listed apps are simply for accessing secure, HIPAA-compliant EHR systems. iOS seems to have a mature selection of useful apps which function as extensions of enterprise systems. It's easy to search for Android apps, but my quick check shows likely less really useful stuff. If you view the "Medical" selection at play.google, in addition to a handful of similar EHR access apps, there are a ton of "are you pregnant" apps (!) and questionable ones like "Global Sex Sounds" and "Hairstyles for Women" (medical?).
    • the reason I bought an iPhone was the quality of the prof medical apps

      AS a pharmacist, I was using the free Epocrates Rx software on a handheld device long before
      smartphones came into being. When the app went mobile, there were problems with the Android versions. I subscribed to quality medical newsletters on my pc and found the same newsletters available for iPhone. some didn't mention having Android apps at all.
      The Apps I find to be the best include: Epocrates RX,Micromedex Drug Info, Medscape,DocGuide,
      BP Monitor,Healthy Cloud Blood Sugar Monitor,and MedPage Today