Apple’s top 118 apps for doctors, nurses, patients

By: Aditi Pai | Jul 19, 2013        

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Last November, MobiHealthNews compiled a list of Apple’s top apps for doctors, nurses, and patients. Since then, Apple has added some new apps to its list and taken off many others.

In September 2011, Apple added a new section to its AppStore for healthcare professionals that included about 50 apps designed for iPad and iPhone users. A little more than a year later the section was slightly reworked: Apple added a new subsection for nurses, changed the name of its “point of care” section to “patient education” and added a few new apps to most of the existing subsections. Apple now recommends 118 apps for healthcare professionals.

In the pages to follow is MobiHealthNews’ guide to Apple’s list along with a few screenshots and a short description. Skip ahead to app categories using these links: Reference Apps; Medical Education Apps; EMR & Patient Monitoring Apps; Nursing Apps; Imaging Apps; Patient Education Apps; Personal Care Apps.

Reference Apps 

Our definition: Medical reference apps provide information about medications, diseases, conditions, and other medical topics.

Reference Apps

Most reference apps haven’t changed since the last roundup. No apps have been removed, and the only new apps on the list are Echocardiography Atlas by Epocrates and Read by QxMD.

NEJM This Week/NEJM iPad Edition

“The latest medical research findings, review articles, and editorial opinion on a wide variety of topics of importance to biomedical science and clinical practice, from The New England Journal of Medicine.”


WebMD’s physician app had the distinction of being the most downloaded free medical app of 2010. It includes a drug interaction checker, procedure reference, and daily medical news updates.”


“Healthcare professionals worldwide use Epocrates routinely to review drug prescribing and safety information for thousands of brand, generic and OTC drugs and checks for potentially harmful drug to drug interactions among up to 30 drugs at a time.” In May, Manhattan Research found that Epocrates was the most popular app for physicians, used by half the doctors the firm surveyed.

Echocardiography Atlas by Epocrates

“View examples of normal and abnormal echocardiograms, access 250 annotated images and 189 videos, zoom and pan echocardiograms and search for specific diseases.”

Micromedex Drug Information

“Drug Information is a free resource for on-the-go access to clinical drug reference information. An internet connection is not required to access the information.”

The Merck Manual – Professional Edition

“The Merck Manual’s iOS app is a digital version of its reference text. Users can browse the app by section and by symptom, and the app automatically logs what sections users have read.”


Doximity, the medical communications platform headed up by Epocrates co-founder Jeff Tangney, “offers a HIPAA-secure medical directory and communication tool that includes 180,000 doctors already in the network.”

LabGear Medical lab reference guide

“Medical lab reference app LabGear is a pocket tool for medical laboratory tests and now includes integration with MedCalc.”

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  • Jean Bernaville

    Good read. How was the list compiled? How do you end up with 118 and not 117 or 119? Thanks!

  • Careplan

    Check out Careplan – Its a web app that helps keep patients with longer term illnesses (like cancer) organized. It provides a place to schedule and take notes during doctor visits; organize medications; and keep track of health care related contacts in a dedicated address book. All of this is available on any device, anywhere.

  • pratima

    These appswill help patients in one or the other way. Excellent post.

  • Frederic Llordachs-Marqués

    Check out Doctoralia winner of best App on Health in MEDICA Düsseldorf The app is free and allows you to find, rate, contact and schedule appointments in medical services in 21 countries. The app has been reviewed and is part of the NHS Choices Health Apps Library

  • alexkumar

    Just flick the two phones next to each other, the phones will connect, and can start chatting with friends, family members or with your business client who speak different language than you. Language translation is done automatically!

    Download the iOS app:

  • patriciafrazer

    I am using this free app called health memo to organize my health records electronically.