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

By: Aditi Pai | Jul 19, 2013        

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Journal of Clinical Oncology

“Readers can now access Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO) articles optimized for viewing on the iPhone and iPad. Users can view the current issue of JCO, plus the five most recent back issues, in text and PDF formats.”

PubMed On Tap

“PubMed On Tap searches scholarly database PubMed to find and display reference information. Users can store references (with pdfs) in a personal and searchable library, retrieve pdfs from the web, and e-mail references from within the application.”

Medicine Central

“Medicine Central is an integrated mobile and web reference built specifically for physicians, residents, students, and nurse practitioners. It includes 5-Minute Clinical Consult, A to Z Drug Facts, Drug Interaction Facts, Pocket Guide to Diagnostic Tests, and Medline Journals.”

Unbound Medline – PubMed, Journals, and Grapherence Access

“Unbound Medline connects you to over 20 million journal citations and abstracts from PubMed via your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Perform searches and link to the publisher’s full text articles. Visually explore the literature using Grapherence to find related and relevant articles.”

Johns Hopkins Guides (ABX, HIV, Diabetes)

“The official Johns Hopkins Guides from Johns Hopkins Medicine and Unbound put authoritative, need-to-know information that is easily accessed, promptly applied, and frequently updated on the web and iOS devices to help you raise the standard of care. Johns Hopkins guides include antibiotic guide, diabetes guide, and HIV guide.”


“The ePSS application was developed by HHS to assist primary care clinicians identify the screening, counseling, and preventive medication services that are appropriate for their patients. The ePSS information is based on the current recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and can be searched by specific patient characteristics, such as age, sex, and selected behavioral risk factors.”

Read: Personalized Medical & Scientific Journal

Read by QxMD provides an interface to search academic database PubMed, reformatting it into a “personalized digital journal.” It also includes topic reviews and sharing features.


“DocbookMD is a mobile-based, HIPAA-compliant physician-to-physician communications platform. The company recently teamed with MedWeb to introduce Docbook Gateway, which lets physicians access secure medical images through the app as well.”


“Covering more than 1,200 pediatric and adult conditions represented by over 25,000 images, VisualDx combines expert medical knowledge, standardized terminology, intelligent search, and the best medical images to deliver concise and accurate answers. Designed to assist physicians and enhance patient care, VisualDx aids in the identification of dermatologic, infectious, genetic, metabolic, nutritional and occupational diseases, benign and malignant growths, drug-induced conditions, and other injuries.”

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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.