It's been more than a year since we talked about emergency medicine mobile apps. With the rapid advancements in mobile technology, it’s time for an update.
Here are the top ten EM mobile apps worth considering. Note that while some are free, others may have a price tag attached.
WikEM, the Global Emergency Medicine Wiki, is a point-of-care reference available via a dedicated mobile application. Its emergency medicine knowledge base has thousands of quick problem-specific notes to help you care for patients. It has been downloaded by more than 100,000 users and is one of the top ten most popular emergency medicine apps.
It serves a broad range of medical practitioners, predominantly among emergency medicine, pediatric emergency medicine, critical care, EMS, and urgent care medicine.
2. palmEM: Emergency Medicine
palmEM is an all-in-one, rapid and succinct, evidence-based emergency medicine quick reference. Internal medicine, critical care, family practice, and urgent care clinicians will also find it useful.
iMedicalApps.com called it an "excellent, rapid point-of-care reference perfectly designed for the time crunch of the emergency department."
The app is continually updated and expanded. Unlike several other references, updates are free, and there are no yearly subscription fees.
Cost: $9.99 (Android) | $29.99 (iOS)
3. Emergency Medicine Flashcards
Although you may not have used flashcards since elementary school, you will find this app comes in handy. It’s designed to be a portable learning tool to sharpen your visual diagnosis skills.
It contains 264 vivid full-color flashcards, covering the most common and acute clinical presentations in emergency medicine. Each flashcard provides diagnosis, clinical findings, and treatment information.
A Q&A section allows you to test your knowledge and the search tool shows you choices of words that appear in the text as you type. It also remembers past search terms to help you get back to a topic quickly.
No Internet connection is needed to view the full app, and it is optimized for whatever size device you are using, either phone or tablet.
4. Amion Physician Calendar
The physician calendar app from Amion lets you stay on top of your upcoming shifts. You can:
- View your schedule at a glance, right from the homepage;
- Receive schedule change alerts and notifications;
- View your shift schedule in a calendar format;
- Customize your calendar view with easy color-coding;
- View schedules by week or month.
It also enables you to send and receive HIPAA-secure text messages and view your colleagues’ Doximity profile to look up contact information such as fax and phone numbers and email addresses.
5. Eye Handbook
Eye Handbook is a diagnostic and treatment reference app for eye care professionals. It is the most comprehensive app specific to eye care available on a smartphone and comes highly recommended for use by emergency physicians.
The app lets you connect with eye care professionals across the world. A forums component allows you to post pictures and ask questions in a wide variety of categories. You also have the ability to download videos and lectures to your smartphone. Learn more about the app at EyeHandbook.com.
6. MediMath Medical Calculator
MediMath puts 144 of the most important medical calculators and scoring tools on your iPad or iPhone. The fast, native interface and comprehensive results help you “spend less time crunching numbers and more time caring for patients,” says the developer.
- 144 calculators and scoring devices;
- Categories, Search, Favorites, and Recents let you find the information you need quickly;
- Double-tap to add to favorites;
- Additional information, including equations, helpful hints, and references;
- Multimedia: for example, the NIH Stroke Score includes the necessary pictures;
- Always returns to where you left off.
Cost: 99 cents
Pedi-STAT is a rapid reference for RNs, paramedics, physicians, and other healthcare professionals caring for pediatric patients in the emergency or critical care environment.
- Rapid results for airway interventions including endotracheal tube sizes, depth, intubation medication dosages, ventilator settings, and sedation;
- Cardiac resuscitation data including weight-specific dosages for resuscitation medications, cardioversion, and defibrillation;
- Access to age and weight-specific pediatric equipment including Foley catheters, airway management, chest and NG tubes, peripheral and central line sizes, and more;
- Seizure medication dosages;
- Reference of age-specific normal vital signs
- Many more features.
You can access critical information quickly and accurately. With just a few taps, you have access to all the necessary data to care for a pediatric patient in the emergency setting, including weight-based and age specific medication dosages and equipment sizes.
Developed by an emergency physician, this app minimizes the risk of medical errors allowing the provider to spend more time caring for the patient and less time looking up and calculating doses.
Cost: $2.99 (iOS) | $7.87 (Android)
8. Heart Pathway
Heart Pathway is a clinical decision tool for patients presenting to the ER with chest pain. It has been validated by researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and is used daily at Wake Forest and its affiliate EDs.
The Heart Pathway algorithm has been shown to reduce patient length of stay by 12 hours, reduce cost by 14 percent per patient, and have MACE < 1%.
The HEART Pathway assists providers in answering the following questions:
- Should I admit my patient for stress testing, or can I discharge my patient from the Emergency Room?
- What is the likelihood that my patient’s presenting symptoms represent ACS?
- What is the likelihood that my patient will have an ACS event soon (within 30 days)?
At this time, Heart Pathway is only available for iOS.
9. 5-Minute Emergency Medicine Consult
Rosen & Barkin’s 5-Minute Emergency Medicine Consult delivers practical, quick-read information on over 600 medical conditions seen in emergency medicine directly to your smartphone and tablet. You can search and browse for answers in concise topics organized to help save time.
Written and edited by practicing clinicians, this mobile resource is ideal for confirming accurate diagnoses and beginning treatment in the fast-paced environment seen in urgent and emergent care. Each entry is formatted in a proven, rapid-access format so you can quickly search medical conditions, confirm a diagnosis, and begin treatment.
- Fully-updated details on more than 600 topics found in emergency medicine;
- Diagnoses spanning from pre-hospital to disposition stage;
- New topics including bath salt poisoning, polyneuropathy, leukocytosis, and more;
- Helpful “Pearls” and “Pitfalls” to help avoid common errors;
- ICD-9, ICD-10, and SNOMED codes listed in each entry;
- Universal Index Search to find terms across all indexes;
- “Favorites” for bookmarking important entries.
10. Emergency Central
Emergency Central is the complete mobile and web solution for emergency medicine professionals. Disease, diagnosis, and step-by-step treatment resources are integrated to link you to immediate answers.
You can identify possible diagnoses based on presenting symptoms, review details of specific conditions, determine the ideal diagnostic test sequence, and link to the drug guide for dosing information. It also updates automatically when you sync your mobile device.
Emergency Central includes:
- 5-Minute Emergency Medicine Consult;
- McGraw-Hill Medical’s Diagnosaurus;
- Davis’s Drug Guide;
- Pocket Guide to Diagnostic Tests;
- And more.
- Focused information on patient presentations, treatment strategies, indications, and follow-up;
- Differential diagnoses on 1,000 symptoms;
- 5,000 trade and generic drugs;
- Cross Links for fast navigation between resources;
- Personalized favorites;
- Journal tables of contents delivered on publication date;
- Instant literature searching with MEDLINE Journals;
- Free updates and web access for one year.
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