Healthcare practitioners are increasingly challenged by time constraints and workloads. Sometimes they also need to access or analyze critical data in order to make fast, informed decisions. But the amount of information can seem overwhelming, or be difficult to find when it’s needed most.
That’s why many healthcare professionals are taking advantage of high-tech solutions that are designed with their specific needs in mind. Five of the most popular healthcare apps provide efficient answers in a portable and convenient way that many practitioners find invaluable.
The Doximity app is primarily used to network with other healthcare providers, and to access its extensive database of doctors, nurses, and pharmacists. The app offers perks like a custom-curated medical news feed and CME-eligible articles that can be read and archived for continuing education credit. There’s also a free fax number that facilitates sending and receiving HIPPA-secure faxes via smartphone.
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The Medscape app is essentially a portable medical reference library. It provides users with a continually-updated database of diseases and conditions, and information on thousands of pharmaceutical drugs. Plus Medscape includes a drug identification tool that helps to quickly and accurately ID pills based on their color, shape, and imprint. Other features include a drug interaction checker, a dosage calculator, and a procedures reference guide – plus access to curated journal articles.
But reading content, even with a convenient app, can be time consuming. So the Case app is a handy solution. It is designed especially for simplifying the whole process of curating, subscribing to, and reading medical journal articles. Think of it as similar to a Kindle app, but for the medical community. Use it to read article abstracts in 100 different languages or to listen to audio transcripts of those abstracts. The app offers access to about 19,000 medical journal articles, which can be saved to read offline, too. There are many different search options to locate exactly the right content. Plus, the app provides weekly updates on research topics that match user preferences, plus FDA drug alerts.
Those who work in the ER will especially like the PEPID app. It was intentionally developed to help them quickly diagnose patient problems using continuously updated information. Reference ICD-10 codes, radiographic images, and patient education content. There are also quick links to enable practitioners to transition rapidly from diagnostics to pharmaceutical dosage information. Contributors of PEPID content include organizations such as the American Academy of Emergency Medicine, the American Society of Health System Pharmacists, and the National Association of Emergency Medical Services Educators. That ensures that it is a reliable and high-quality emergency room tool and resource.
Another emergency room app that is great for EMS personnel is Pulsara, currently available in about 20 states across the U.S.A. The app essentially integrates EMS and hospital systems, speeding up patient care no matter what the condition is or what their mode of transportation to the healthcare facility happens to be. While en route, the EMS provider can securely transmit critical data like vital signs, as well as photos of injuries. The app also utilizes GPS to give the hospital a head’s-up regarding location and estimated time of arrival.