Apple’s top 80 apps for doctors, nurses, patients

By: Brian Dolan | Nov 27, 2012        

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Our Definition: Education Apps in this section include a number of anatomy focused apps that offer visual diagrams for parts of, or the whole of, the human body. At least one continuing medical education (CME) app is featured in this group currently and one aggregator of physicians blogs. Many medical apps could be considered clinical consultation apps, but those contained in the group typically do not provide any particular guidelines for care – only reference materials.

Pocket Body

Pocket Body

Heart Pro III

3D4Medical in collaboration with Stanford University School of Medicine present the Heart Pro III. As featured in the WWDC 2012 Keynote Speech. This app was developed in partnership with Dr. Lacy E Harville III, MD, FACS. In this upgrade 3D4Medical have added in several new features and several new animations all for free. For those who need particular specialized animations, there are disease state animations available through the “in app purchase”.

Netter’s Anatomy Atlas from Elsevier

“This iPad app is the complete set of the 531 Netter Plates from the 5th edition Atlas of Human Anatomy, illustrated by master medical illustrator Frank H. Netter, MD, enhanced with a suite of quizzing and customization features.”

CARDIO3 Comprehensive Atlas of Echocardiography

“A reference/learning tool for cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, internists, other physicians, and sonographers evaluating echocardiograms for ultrasound diagnosis.”

Atlas of Pancreas Pathology

“The Atlas of Pancreas Pathology is comprised of three modules: an interactive teaching algorithm, a search-able image atlas, and an image-based quiz. Viewing multiple examples of the same entity or feature from this large, rich image atlas will strengthen your diagnostic skills.”

Learn Muscles: Anatomy Quiz & Reference

A reference, testing and education tool. Includes 141 muscle images with name, action, origin, insertion and comments, plus audio pronunciation guide, a quiz maker, an action viewer and 6 short videos to create a rich learning experience.

Pocket Body

“Pocket Body redefines what engaging medical education content truly is. Our award-winning full body app, with its elegant design and nine layers of musculoskeletal, neurovascular, and internal organ visual content, contains over 70,000 words of learning material.”

Epocrates CME

Epocrates CME offers a wide variety of interactive CME activities across numerous specialty topics, with new activities added frequently. Activities are accredited by AMA, ACPE, ANCC and others and supported by an advanced personal CME toolset. The app is powered by RealCME.

Heart Murmur Pro

“Learn heart murmurs the easiest way possible with Heart Murmur Pro. With 23 heart sounds included along with a wealth of clinically relevant information for each, you’ll master heart sounds in no time at all.”

3D Muscular Premium Anatomy

Visible Body’s 3D Muscular Premium Anatomy app provides a revolutionary environment for understanding 600+ muscles in the human body. Zoom, rotate, and dissect musculature freely – there are no clunky, pre-rendered visuals to limit the experience. Each muscle is displayed in true 3D, allowing users to study muscle types and intricate fiber directions from any perspective. Each muscle is further enhanced with origin and insertion pins, muscle landmarks marked on bones, and definitions. This app’s visuals, definitions, and functionality come together on-screen and create an immersive experience that reveals the human body’s complex musculature.

JACC iPad Edition

The IPAD version of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.


“DDS GP is designed for dental professionals to improve presentation of dental conditions and treatment to patients. It makes treatment plans easy for patients to understand, thus leading to greater case acceptance.”

(The Oncologist is no longer in this section.)

(modalityBODY: Interactive Anatomy and Medical Imaging is no longer in this section. The company was acquired by Epocrates.)

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  • J Nathanson

    There are two separate categories for iPhone and iPad that feature different apps. Epic canto shows up in the iPad section but not on iPhone section. So this article is not completely correct. I think you we’re looking at these sections on your iPhone when writing this article.

  • MobiHealthNews

    J, Thanks for the note! You are correct — a few of the iPad-only apps are missing here. Adding them now. Looks like that may bump the total number up quite a bit, too.

  • Ben Buchanan

    NovoPsych is an iPad app esigned specifically for clinicians working in the mental health arena who want to administer valid and reliable psychometric tests using their iPad. Test for depression, anxiety, PTSD and more.

  • Rose

    This article would be a lot more helpful if we knew what the categories at the beginning of the article and could jump to the page depending on the categories.

  • Maxx Well

    Thanks for the apps!
    I’ve also found some medical apps for iPhone.

  • careot

    Making a nutrition app work for you

    A nutrition app is only effective if you are able to easily track the nutrient value of the food you eat and then review your nutrition app entries regularly to identify patterns that are keeping you from losing weight and living a healthy life style. Careot is a nutrition app that you need to try as it makes it very easy to track and review nutrition values and understand eating patterns.

    How to use a nutrition app
    This blog provides some recommended steps to using a nutrition app effectively. The first step is to to track the nutritional value of everything you eat.


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  • Alok Kumar

    These are best health IOS Apps. I really like these apps & article . Apart from these apps, i think Take a Good care is the best health care Apps. Last few days i have installed, it’s working very good.

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  • Steven Peter

    My Baby Milk is an app which helps healthprofessionals not only see at a glance if the nutritional intake of a baby is satisfactory, but also their growth rate. It has lots of information about the nutritional content of the different milk types, and information about normal growth. It was developed by a Pediatrician who has been using the pre-release version for a couple of years!

  • patriciafrazer

    organize your health record using this free app

  • bettina

    I need a app that can help keep track of g tube feeds and medication and temps for my special needs son daily

  • LimeBlueDesigns

    take a look at “thebabycloud” – the focus is on premature babies, but the items covered are almost the same

  • patriciafrazer

    I am using this free app health memo

  • My Yaid

    Two other medical apps for those interested in information about drugs are: Mobile Drug Guide and the HIV/AIDS Mobile Drug Guide. The Mobile Drug Guide is available at and the HIV/AIDS Mobile Drug Guide is available at Both apps are available for download to Android devices. For more information, visit .

  • Collen Khulekani

    Hi looking for an app for assessment of clinical competence. (Any tool used will be appreciated)