Top five medical apps at Harvard Medical School

By: Brian Dolan | Apr 19, 2011        

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Halamka 3Harvard Medical School encourages its students to take advantage of the growing number of mobile medical apps. While the school does not distribute devices to its students, they are instructed to bring their favorite devices to campus and HMS maintains licenses for apps that might be useful to its students.

So which apps are most popular with HMS students? The school’s CIO just conducted a survey to find out.

The MyCourse Learning Management System where med students can access their course materials online also sports a tab for mobile applications students can download–many now for the iPad. Here are the top five mobile apps for Harvard Medical School students according to Chief Information Officer of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center as well as CIO and Dean for Technology at Harvard Medical School, Dr John Halamka:

Dynamed – Students and physicians can use this clinical reference tool created by physicians for point-of-care situations

Unbound Medicine uCentral – This apps serves as a portal bringing popular medical publications to students’ iPad with the tap of the screen. The app includes 5 Minute Clinical Consult, A to Z Drug Facts, Drug Interaction Facts, and others.

VisualDx Mobile – VisualDx provides physician-reviewed clinical information with thousands of medical images showing the variation of disease presentation through age, stage, and skin type.

Epocrates Essentials – The app is an all-in-one mobile guide to drugs and disease with an integrated disease database with conditions, plus over-the-counter medications and hundreds of diagnostic and laboratory tests.

iRadiology – A learning tool for medical students and residents, iRadiology provides quick reviews of classic radiology cases and images.

Interestingly, when HMS surveyed its students in 2008, the web version of VisualDx was among the most popular tools access via the MyCourse Learning Management System.

Halamka plans to release more info from his survey of Harvard Medical School students soon, read more at his blog.

  • Drokane

    Have a look at this app. Over 1000 medical notes at your fingertips

  • Mariateresaboffo

    Have you checked out pocketmednotes Рreally excellent 

  • Pruemmer

    There is a new iPad medical app that might be useful for teaching.
    The iPad app Med Presenter allows to study medical cases (DICOM images)
    on your iPad. It further provides a presentation mode that allows to
    view teaching material (PDF slides) and CT, MR, NM, PT, AX and XA images
    side-by-side. It even supports an external display to give
    presentations with own slides (e.g. created with Keynote or PPT) and
    imported DICOM images. The viewer is quite powerful, it is not limited
    to standard MPR orientations. The user can navigate MPRs through large
    image sets in any 3D orientation. Text annotations can be added into the
    image sets and personal notes can be send via e-mail with embedded
    screenshots of the MPRs. It allows students and physicians to work with
    teaching material and medical images anywhere. The data import is quite
    easy such that students can import DICOM images that are provided in
    their teaching course.

    Here is the link:

    You can request a promo code for iTunes (the number of free codes is limited) at

  • CT Health Insurance

    Our nephew uses Dynamed and raves about it. Quite a time saver.

  • Kim Brown Md

    Have you heard about TickiT, a really interesting new communication tool that helps patients talk to their doctors about touchy issues. Make sure to check them out at

  • Resident

    Journal Club for iPhone ( puts physician-written summaries of landmark clinical trials at your fingertips. For just a buck.