Mobile computing is an important tool for both medical professionals and students. Smartphones like the iPhone, Droid phones, and Blackberry and tablets such as the iPad have a plethora of special information resources tailored specifically for them.
Unfortunately, there are a number of competing platforms struggling to take over the mobile market. Some app developers have created parallel versions of their product to operate as stand-alone programs on each platform. Some tools can only be accessed on one type of device. Other developers create web-based apps that work through the web-browsers installed on mobile computers, trading the functionality of an app for the flexibility of a webpage.
As you review the following resources, pay attention to which apps work with your device. Web-based apps will work with almost any device with a browser and an active web connection. Downloaded apps may work even without a web-connection, but may not be available on your device. Throughout the following lists, priority has been given to tools that are free or have only a trivial cost to USU users. If you're willing to pay more for access, many more valuable tools are available through your device's marketplace.
For more information on mobile computing tools, please feel free to contact the LRC or a reference librarian.
|AHRQ's ePSS||The DHHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has put together this searchable and browse-able tool for the US Preventative Services Task Force's recommendations for screening, counseling, and preventative medication services.||iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, Windows 8, Palm, Web-Browsers|
|AIDSInfo Glossary||A glossary of AIDS and HIV related terms.||iOS, Android|
|Audio Digest||Earn CME/CE credits on the go with access to 4,000+ accredited courses in 16 specialties. Register an account at http://membership.audio-digest.org/ registration/institutions. Once registered, go to https://membership.audio-digest.org/, login and select "Clinical Compendia, Silver, Gold & Platinum Customers."||iOS, Android|
|BrowZine||A tie-in the the BrowZine e-journal reading, browsing, and bookmarking service provided by the LRC, this free app allows users to access the service to operate on SmartPhones. Log-in with a personal account to update your bookshelf holdings between platforms.||iOS, Android|
|Calculate by QxMD||Calculate by QxMD is a clinical calculator and assists with diagnosis, management and providing prognosis. One of the unique characteristics of this app is the ability for providers to search for calculators by specialty.||iOS, Android, Blackberry|
|CDC Vaccine Schedules App||Immunization schedules for children, teens, and adults.||iOS, Android|
|Clinical Key (Replaces First Consult)||The Clinical Key app, specifically the Clinical Overviews, provides background, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and outcomes on hundreds of medical topics. To use this app you will need to create a user account within Clinical Key (accessible through the LRC's website) and use that username and password to configure the app. An android version is also available.||iOS|
|Clinicians' Biosecurity Resource||Clinicians Biosecurity Resource is a reference application for medical professionals that provides information on biological agents that may be used for a biological attack. The app offers information on diagnosis, clinical features, treatment, and prevention for each pathogen.||iOS|
|Diagnose||This free app, useful for preparing for specialty licensing exams, allows for pre-test probability, and adjusting the probability of your diagnosis based on test results.||iOS, Android|
|Epocrates Rx||This drug guide includes links to monographs, formularies, calculators, drug interaction checkers, and includes pill identification guides with images. Epocrates offers a full-feature product as well, though the cost is ~$150.||
|Figure 1||An image searching and sharing service of medical conditions, hosted by medical professionals. The app provides exclusive access to the Figure 1 database of medical images. You may also upload images, and includes automatic face blocking, and removal of identifying patient details. You can share images to get feedback from other doctors.||iOS, Android|
|Lexi-Comp Dental Mobile||Provides access to several drug tools including Chemo drugs, black box warning, alerts, drug descriptions and more. To access the app, click on the link to the right and follow the instructions for installing or updating.||Android, iPhone|
|Lexi-Comp Medical Mobile||Provides access to several drug tools including Chemo drugs, black box warnings, alerts, drug descriptions and more. To access the app, click on the link to the right and follow the instructions for installing or updating.||Android, iPhone|
|MAQI2 Anticoagulation Toolkit||A free app that provides tools for managing anticoagulation patients more safely. The anticoagulation toolkit is based on guidelines from the American Heart Association, the European Society of Cardiology, CHEST guidelines, and clinical trials.||iOS|
|MDCalc||Free medical calculator that incorporates evidence based medicine components to support decision making.||iOS, Android|
|MedCalX||Free medical calculator provides access to medical formulas, scales, and classifications; in-app purchases expand access to a wider range of formulas.||iOS|
|Medical Abbreviations||Medical abbreviations is a free app that contains a comprehensive list of medical abbreviations. This is a great reference for students and residents.||iOS|
|Medical Eponyms||This app provides tens of hundreds of Medical Eponyms, such as Alagille Syndrome, Negri bodies, and Thomas Test. The content was created by Dr. Andrew Yee, on staff at Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital. Free for students (separate app).||iOS|
|Medscape Mobile (Commercial, free)||This free app provides links to drug prescription and safety information, a drug interaction checker, disease and condition reference pages with images and videos, procedures and protocols, as well as daily news articles, CE activities, and professional directories.||iOS, Android, Kindle Fire|
|mobile Micromedex||The Micromedex app provides access to essential drug information, including a information on drugs and interactions. To download the app, follow the link to to arrive at MICROMEDEX Solutions. On the right-hand side of the screen, will be a section labeled "Resources" which includes a link to "Download Mobile Apps." This link will provide you with a link to download a free version of the program, provided to USU affiliates, as well as a password. You may need to renew your account quarterly to retain access.||iOS, Android, Windows 8|
|mTBI Pocket Guide||Reference for providers treating service members and Veterans with mild TBI. There are several apps developed by the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (formerly National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2)) including Breath2Relax, PTSD Coadch, Tactical Breather.||iOS, Android, PDF|
|Mobile REMM||REMM, or Radiation Emergence Medical Management, is a free tool provided by the National Library of Medicine with crucial information for practitioners responding to a radiation event. The Mobile version contains a selection of key files.||iOS, Android, Blackberry|
|Outbreaks Near Me||The Outbreaks Near Me application provides HealthMap’s latest real-time outbreak information. Users are able to search and browse outbreaks on the interactive map.||iOS, Android|
|PEPID Flashcards||These flashcards may be a useful study tool for medical or nursing students. Fees vary depending on the product, starting around $20.||iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, PEPID website|
|Pocket Atlas of Anatomy||This is a free app (but with an paid upgrade to the full version). It is a useful anatomy reference that is built on Dorland’s Illustrated Medical Dictionary and Gray’s Anatomy for Students. The data can be downloaded for use offline.||Android|
|Prognosis: Your Diagnosis||This game lets medical students investigate, examine, and manage several different case scenarios in different specialties.||iPhone, Android|
|Provider Resilience||The Provider Resilience app gives providers tools to guard against burnout and compassion fatigue. The app also provides psychoeducation and self-assessments and keeps providers emotionally healthy and productive.||iOS, Android, Kindle|
|Radiology 2.0: One Night in the ED||The app contains 65 Radiology cases that pertain to Emergency Medicine — but knowledge that can be used for almost every other specialty. Daniel Cornfeld MD, who is an Assistant Professor at Yale University School of Medicine, has curated the content. This can also be accessed online at http://radiology.cornfeld.org/ED/||iPhone, iPad|
|Radiology - Head||This low-cost app ($2.99) contains over 170 images in 2 planes and 2 different scan types per plane. It is a useful resource for radiologists, surgeons, medical students, and nursing students.||iPad|
|RealWorld Procedures||This app is an excellent resource for students starting their clerkship or residency. It has videos for 12 common procedures like arm casting, Foley catheter insertion, and simple suturing. It is a free app and can be run offline.||iPhone, iPad|
|Relief Central for Mobile Devices||Designed to assist responders to relief operations, the tool integrates information from the CIA's World Factbook, USAID's Field Operations Guide, the CDC's Health Information for International Travel (a.k.a. "The Yellow Book"), MEDLINE, and other updates from the CDC, Red Cross, FEMA, Reliefweb, etc. To download, visit the website to select your platform.||iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone 8|
|Sanford Guide Apps||This website provides access to the Sanford Guide to Antimicrobial, HIV/AIDS, and Hepatitis Therapy ($29.99 ea). The Lab Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases is also available (free).||iOS, Android|
|Skyscape Clinical Calculator||Includes 150+ tools and formulas for figuring values ranging from the Aa gradient to ideal body weight to Wells Criteria. It is one of several free products from Skyscape. Other products can be found here. Some products are free and others are paid.||iOS, Android, Web-Browsers|
|Speed Anatomy||If you are looking for a great, game-like tool for students who are about to take their next anatomy practical exam – or you are interested in learning anatomy in four different languages – then Speed Anatomy is your best bet among free anatomy apps. Available as free Lite iOS app and $.99 paid. Bone, angiology, and muscle versions are also available.||iOS, Android|
|TRC Pharmacology||The Teaching Resource Centre Pharmacology Database has a wealth of basic pharmacological knowledge. The app allows the user to read it like a traditional book, search for a particular drup, or browse through the topics. The app is free.||iOS|
|WISER (US government, free)||WISER is a system designed to assist first responders in hazardous material incidents. WISER provides a wide range of information on hazardous substances, including substance identification support, physical characteristics, human health information, and containment and suppression advice. To download, visit http://wiser.nlm.nih.gov/choose_platform.html to select the platform for your device.||iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, Windows Phone 7, Palm, Web-Browsers|
Access Medicine (McGraw-Hill, Purchased by LRC)
A collection of resources, including Drug Monographs, Diagnostic Tools, Harrison's Online, Clinician's Pocket Reference: The Scut Monkey, Medical Abbreviations, and Fitzpatrick's Color Atlas. To use the resources, go to Access Medicine from the LRC's ER on a desktop computer. Click on My Access Medicine and create a personal account and password. Then log into http://m.accessmedicine.com from your handheld device.
AHRQ's ePSS (DHHS, free)
The DHHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has put together this searchable and browse-able tool for locating recommendations made by the US Preventative Services Task Force. Use this resource to identify the most appropriate screening, counseling, and preventative medication services for a patient.
ER Mobile(USUHS, free)
Look up books and journals held by USUHS' Learning Resource Center in the catalog or access journals and databases selected as your "favorites" while in the standard version of ER. Links to PubMed for Handhelds is also provided.
Essential Evidence Plus (Wiley, free)
Provides decision support tools, the Derm Expert Image Viewer, E/M and ICD-9 Codes as well as access to the Essential Evidence Topics, Cochrane Systematic Reviews, EBMG Guidelines, Evidence Summaries, and several other EBM databases. There are also several calculators and guidelines.
Medical Eponyms (Andrew Yee, free)
This webpage provides tens of hundreds of Medical Eponyms, such as Alagille Syndrome, Negri bodies, and Thomas Test. The content was created by Dr. Andrew Yee, on staff at Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital.
Mims Online Beta Version (CMPMedica, free)
Handbook of drug information, interactions, and images for Australia and various Asian nations, including Hong Kong, China, Singapore, and Malaysia.
Mobile Medline Plus (NLM, free)
This consumer health website contains links to health topics, drugs, a medical dictionary, as well as current health news. A Spanish-language version is also available.
Mobile Merck Medicus(commercial, free)
Access the Merck Manual, Harrison's Practice - Answers on Demand, Pocket Guide to Diagnostic Tests, and MEDLINE journal abstracts. You will need to register before using the website: http://www.merckmedicus.com/pp/us/hcp/hcp_mobile_wireless.jsp.
Access mobile-ready versions of Psychiatry Online titles (including the DSM-V). To use this service, you will have to pair your mobile device with a personal Psychology Online account (myPOL). You must create your myPOL account while accessing Psychiatry Online through the LRC. Once your account is created, login to you myPOL account and select the link to "pair devices." You will be given instructions on how to proceed. You may have to re-authenticate your device periodically.
PubMed for Handhelds (NLM, free)
A web-interface for PubMed designed specifically to be viewed on mobile devices. In addition to searching citations in PubMed, interfaces are available for PICO searching, natural language queries, and finding case reports of disease associations.
PubMed Mobile (NLM, free)
A web-interface for PubMed designed for mobile devices. PubMed Mobile provides access to the PubMed database which is easier to use than PubMed for Handhelds, but does not have some of the special features, such as the PICO tool.
Toxnet for PDAs (NLM, free)
A web-interface to ToxNet designed specifically to be viewed on mobile devices. Toxnet provides access to the HSDB (Hazardous Substances Database), TRI (Toxic Release Inventory), LactMed (drugs and chemicals to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed), Toxline (bibliographic information for various chemicals), Dirline (Directory of Information Resources), IRIS (Integrated Risk Information System), ITER (International Toxicity Estimates for Risk), Gene-tox (mutagenicity information), CCRIS (Chemical Carcinogenesis Research Information System) and DART (Developmental and Reproductive Toxicity database).
UpToDate (UpToDate Inc, Purchased by LRC)
Electronic clinical resource tool for physicians and patients providing information on Adult Primary Care and Internal Medicine. You need to have an IP-authenticated username to use this resource. Log-in to UpToDate via ER from your desktop computer, create a personal account by clicking on the "My Account" link, download the UpToDate App from your device's app store or marketplace, and then log-into the app using your username. You must re-authenticate yourself by logging in via ER every 30 days. Up to 2 devices may be linked to each username.
WISER (NLM, free)
WISER is a system designed to assist first responders in hazardous material incidents. WISER provides a wide range of information on hazardous substances, including substance identification support, physical characteristics, human health information, and containment and suppression advice. To download, visit http://wiser.nlm.nih.gov/choose_platform.html to select the platform for your device.
|Cochrane Library||This virtual "journal" loads in the iPad or iPhone "Newsstand" app. Each issue is free and contains the complete write-up and tables found in the print edition||iPad|
|EBSCO Host Mobile||This reader will allow you to read the hundreds of journals the LRC has licensed through the EBSCO host company. To set up this service, first log into any of our EBSCO HOST journals or databases, such as CINAHL. You will see a link at the bottom of the page for the "EBSCO HOST iPhone/iPod Touch Application." Clicking on this link will allow you to receive an email with an authorization code and further steps to download the product.||iPhone, Android, Blackberry|
|GoodReader||Although not free ($4.99) this app will display almost any PDF a user downloads. It is also available for the iPad.||iPhone, iPad|
|Harvard School of Public Health||The Harvard School of Public Health News app is a simple, functional and useful app for reading their digital content. The app also includes videos from the HSPH YouTube channel and podcasts on a variety of topics.||iPhone, iPad, Android|
|iBooks||There are two free, much-admired medical iBooks available from the App Store. The first is called “The Podmedics Do Surgery”. The iBook contains a range of interactive media including videos, podcasts, questions, and more. The second medical iBook helps students learn the Brachial Plexus through dynamic and interactive figures.||iPhone, iPad|
|Journals@LWW||This reader allows users to browse various journal titles published by Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins. The LRC owns many of these titles through our OvidSP subscriptions.||iPhone|
|MedPage Today||MedPage Today is an online medical news service for physicians and healthcare professionals. The site enables physicians to keep up to date on breaking medical news. MedPage Today is also partnered with Thomas-Reuters Healthcare to provider prescription drug monographs along with disease pathology information.||iPhone, iPad,& Web-browser|
|NEJM This Week||This free app allows readers to view the most recent articles published in the New England Journal of Medicine. It also provides images, audio summaries, and a rotating selection of procedural videos.||iPhone|
|Pediatrics||Read the abstracts of every Pediatrics article in a mobile format. It includes AAP Policies, Commentaries, and Perspective columns.||iPhone, iPad|
|PubMed for Handhelds||This app is a quick and easy access to PubMed on a mobile device. Allows for PICO searches and abstract viewing.||iOS, Android, Web-browser|
|Wiley Journals||Access a variety of Wiley online journals. To activate your account, you will need to create a Wiley Online Library Account from one of the LRC's Wiley journal subscriptions (e.g. Pediatric Anesthesia). Once the account is created, go to "My Profile" and click the link to activate Roaming Access. Access must be renewed every three months.||iOS, Android.|
|DC Metro Transit||A free guide to the DC metro rail and bus system (ad supported).||Android|
|Dropbox||Dropbox allows users to easily move and sync files from one device to another.||iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, Kindle Fire|
|Embark DC Metro||A free guide to the DC metro, including schedules, live arrives, trip planner, system map, and advisories.||iPhone|
|Evernote||Evernote is a free app that lets you take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders and makes these notes completely searchable, across all of the devices you use, and your personal computer.||iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone 7|
|Genius Scan||Allows an iOS device with a camera to become a scanner. It can capture documents as JPEGs or PDFs.||iOS (with camera), Android|
|Image to Text - OCR||This app can take images of documents (like those taken with Genius Scan) and extract the text from them. The text is converted online when it is sent in an email or to an Evernote account. There are like apps available for other platforms besides iOS.||iOS|
|OPM Alert Mobile App||Learn the Federal Government's Washington, DC-area operating status - and get alerts - quickly and easily.||iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile.|