10 Great Medical Apps to Help Get the Job Done Right

By: Yolanda Smith, MedicalSearch Writer
31 August, 2015

We're all after convenience and functionality, and as we become increasingly reliant on technology, the burgeoning world of smartphone apps ensures an app is developed for nearly every purpose imaginable, and believe it or not, there are apps out there that are indispensable to health practitioners.

Curious? Well here are ten fantastic apps that can help you to work in health.


This app allows medical practitioners to look up drug prescribing and safety information, source other health professionals for referrals and make quick calculations, such as body mass index (BMI). While the app is free, there is additional information access available with the purchase of Epocrates Essentials.

Figure 1 – Medical Cases

This app is the meeting ground for over 150,000 health practitioners to share clinical cases in a private environment and consider treatments. The community is alive with physicians needing a second professional opinion and is a great tool for collaboration and learning among users.

Read by QxMD

Read is an app that keeps all your medical literature and journal articles organized in one place. Set out like a magazine, you can read information from various different journals and databases. The app is free, although some information sources may require a prescription, and is used by thousands of health professionals to stay up-to-date with current research.


An app developed by WebMD, this is a useful reference that offers access to information about prescribing guidelines, medications, procedure and professional development. The app is 100% free, provided that you register for a free account that can be done within the app.


This great resource app for medical professionals allows users to access relevant information quickly and efficiently. It has a library of references and also allows professionals to browse through the drug and disease guides to look up what they need.

Psych Drugs and Medications

This prescription psychiatric medication pocket guide is particularly useful for practitioners that specialise in mental health or psychiatry. It provides access to in-depth information about all major psych drugs, including brand names, doses, half-life and side effects.

Davis's Drug Guide

This extensive drug guide app includes a library of over 5000 trade name and generic drugs, with useful functions such as dosing calculators, interaction warnings and complete drug monographs with images of the pills.


This app is a simple yet comprehensive medication reminder system that links patients with health professionals, such as a doctor or pharmacist, helping to increase patient compliance.


This app is particularly useful in helping health professionals to identify pills, in addition to helping to source suppliers of medications and providing a price comparison.

NEJM This Week

Keep up-to-date with the latest medical news and research with the New England Journal of Medicine app, articles and editorial opinions on various medical topics. There is a wide range of free content currently available, including images, audio and video.