It’s no surprise that healthcare professionals are embracing the agility, productivity and efficiency of using an Apple® iPad. What may be surprising is how sophisticated the healthcare applications for iPad users are in terms of helping doctors, nurses and other professionals to do their jobs better.
These healthcare apps go well beyond the common email clients, calendar apps and document editing functionalities common in other industries, and address a broad array of medical needs that help strengthen the capabilities among healthcare organizations.
Today’s healthcare applications built for the iPad and other mobile devices provide an abundance of medical information a physician can conveniently use in assessing a patient — including 3D anatomical diagrams, details on specific diseases and prescription drug information. They also can enable quick access to patient data and provide tools to facilitate better patient-physician conversations.
Here are three of the most popular categories for iPad apps in healthcare in iTunes, and how they can help strengthen your practice.
1. Clinical knowledge database and reference tools
Many of the top trending healthcare applications fit in this category. These apps are a clinical gold mine for physicians, nurses and even students, as they provide a wealth of information on:
- Prescription drugs, drug coverage and pill identification
- In-network and out-of-network healthcare providers
- Symptoms, treatment options and surgical procedures
- Healthcare news, research and published studies
Apps such as Medscape and Epocrates Reference Tools for healthcare providers are two examples of medical database apps that enable healthcare professionals to access point-of-care information at the swipe of their fingertip.
2. Provider productivity apps
Also popular in healthcare are apps that increase productivity and efficiency among clinicians and physicians by enabling them to more easily access patient information.
3. Anatomical diagrams
While they’re commonly used by healthcare students, apps with anatomical diagrams are becoming more popular with healthcare providers of varying types as a way to discuss and explore patient conditions.
Applications such as Complete Anatomy offer detailed, in some cases moving, 3D models of the human body’s various systems and structures. By having such tools at their fingertips, healthcare professionals can more easily consult each other and better communicate procedures and conditions with patients.
This is just a snapshot of the capabilities iPad apps can provide to your healthcare organization. New healthcare apps for Apple and other devices are being produced regularly. Most are available for purchase or download from the iTunes store.
Do you have a favorite application you use in your healthcare practice? Tell us about it in the comments below.