2012 Medical App Survey Results

The 2012 Perelman School of Medicine Medical App Survey results are in! The top eight apps have been weighted and ranked. We have also collected the suggestions that people sent in and ranked those separately. The remainder of the apps are listed at the bottom of this page.

Top Apps:

  1. Epocrates Essentials (Free for medical studentsiOSAndroidBlackberry
    “This all-in-one clinical reference suite provides you with drug & disease monographs and diagnostic tools. The evidence-based disease content distinguishes this suite from Epocrates Rx, including provide access to treatment guidelines. Plus, access lab tests and panels with reference ranges, tables, approximate test costs, and commonly associated ICD-9s right from your mobile device.” Also includes many clinical calculators.
  2. MedCalc ($1.99/$4.99) iOS
    “MedCalc gives you easy access to complicated medical formulas, scores, scales and classifications.”
  3. Medscape Mobile (Free) iOSAndroid
    Drug reference, evidence-based disease and condition reference, medical news by specialty, and CME courses
  4. Dynamed (Free for medical studentsiOSAndroidBlackberry
    “a clinical reference tool created by physicians for physicians and other health care professionals for use at the point-of-care. With clinically -organized summaries for more than 3,200 topics,DynaMed provides the latest content and resources with validity, relevance and convenience, making DynaMed an indispensable resource for answering most clinical questions during practice.”
  5. VisualDX (Free for PSOM students) iOSAndroid
    “a diagnostic clinical decision support system that leverages the innate human ability to recognize visual patterns to assist healthcare providers in making faster, more accurate diagnoses. VisualDx combines high-quality, peer-reviewed medical images and concise, actionable information to support today’s busy physicians in the accurate recognition and management of disease. Health care professionals can input visual clues, symptoms, and patient history to help make the correct diagnosis and avoid costly and dangerous errors at the point of care.”
  6. Micromedex Drug Information (Free) iOSAndroidBlackberry
    “Drug Information contains concise information on 4,500+ search terms, covering generic names, including selected combination products, common trade names, therapeutic class, black box warnings, dosage, adult, dosage, pediatric, dose adjustments, indications (differentiated as “FDA labeled” and “non-FDA labeled”), administration, monitoring, how supplied, contraindications, precautions, adverse effects, drug interactions, pregnancy, breast feeding, mechanism of action, pharmacokinetics, and toxicology.”
  7. Skyscape (Free, with some free and many paid resources) iOSAndroidBlackberry
    “comes loaded with a valuable package of medical resources, including drug information, medical calculators and clinical information on over 850 topics. Robust features include SmartLink™, Skyscape’s proprietary cross-reference functionality; medical calculators; algorithms; interactive images; flowcharts; and frequent content updates.”
  8. Diagnosaurus (Web: Free, App: $1.99/Free) iOSAndroidBlackberryWindows
    “With Diagnosaurus you can quickly search over 1,000 diagnoses by organ system, symptom, or disease, or you can view all entries. Use the valuable ‘See Related DDx’ feature within each entry to consider alternative diagnoses and quickly link to those entries.”
Top Game:

Honorable Mention:

  • Wikipanion – direct access to Wikipedia
  • iRadiology – more than 500 radiology cases to learn from
  • Unbound Medicine – multiple medical apps and resources
Top apps suggested by students:
  1. AHRQ ePSS – from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, “to assist primary care clinicians identify the screening, counseling, and preventive medication services that are appropriate for their patients”
  2. USMLE World QBank – the widely-used question bank, now available on mobile devices
  3. QxMD Calculate – clinical calculator
  4. Shots by STFM – up-to-date immunization reference
  5. First Consult – evidence-based answers to clinical questions

Other apps suggested by students: 5 Minute Clinical Consult, AAP Doctor’s Dilemma, ABG Eval, Citrix Receiver, Draw MD, EM Rashes, Growth Chart, Health Costs, Heart Age, Immunization, Juno Pulse VPN, MD EZ Labs, MedFrench, MedSpanish, Medview, Mnemonics, Netter’s Anatomy Flashcards, Neurology iPocketcards, NIHSS Stroke Scale, One Note, Perfect Wheel, Pocket EKG, Quizlet, Radiology Teaching Files: One Night in the ED, Sanford Guide, STAT ATP III, Vaccines, Visible Body, Wapedia

Other apps included in the survey: The ECG Guide, Pocket Lab Values, Heart Pro, Auscultation Primer, Pepid, Anesthesiology i-pocketcards, Cardio 3, mTBI Pocket Guide, iAnesthesia: Instant ECG, PsychTerms, Eponyms, 3D Brain