Sunday, August 16, 2009

Medical Apps for the iPhone

From finding medical marijuana to monitoring diabetes to pharmacy and ICD-9 coding, yup there's an app for that. Below is a list of some of the many clinical applications for the iPhone in no particular order. Please add comments if there are any important ones you think are valuable for a medical environment.

UTS Diabetes for iPhone:

An application that allows you to keep track of your diabetes records and optionally to share your results with your doctor, relatives, and friends via the online service. $9.99


Mobile drug and formulary resource that includes Drug Information, Pill ID, Drug Interactions, Tables/Calcs, and Formulary Information. Free.

Clinical Trials:

A search tool that provides mobile access to more than 73,000 registered clinical trials from the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health database. $9.99


Includes RxDrugs, Outlines in Clinical Medicine, Archimedes, and MedAlert. These resources are freely available, but additional clinical, drug, and lab guides are also available for a subscription fee.


Many apps for the iPhone including vaccine calculators, medical formula calculators, and sedation information. Ranges from free to $4.99


Helps you find the nearest cannabis dealer. Currently covers 13 US states which have passed laws allowing medical cannabis use, legal cannabis shops across Europe and uses Google Maps for directions.

Unbound Medicine:

Reference information including Taber’s Medical Dictionary, Davis’s Drug Guide, and Nursing Central. Subscription fee for each app required but free trials are available.

Heart Imaging Technologies:

View medical images and share images with other users. “Physicians can click on a web link sent via email by one of their colleagues, enter their password, and view movies of a patient’s beating heart halfway around the world.” Free.


View medical images like X-rays, ultrasounds, CT and MR images. In addition to viewing, it also lets you reconstruct 3D images and rotate them. $19.99


127 of the most important medical calculators and scoring tools. $4.99


Medical calculator that gives easy access to a wide variety of medical formulas and scores. Free.

ICD9 consult:

Searchable database of 2009 ICD9-CM diagnosis codes and 2008 ICD9-CM procedure codes. $29.99

Perfect OB Wheel:

Calculate pregnancy information like estimated delivery date, conception date, 1st and 2nd trimester end dates, and expected fetal length and weight. $1.99


Gives helpful resources such as videos that demonstrate techniques for specific scanning procedures, quick guides for reimbursement information, etc in the point-of-care ultrasound market. Free

Life Record Electronic Medical Record:

Gain access to your patients’ records with the click of a button. E-prescribing features also available. Subscription fee.

3D4Medical Skeletal System:

Reference tool that allows the user to zoom in and identify an individual bone or part of a bone within the full skeleton. It has been designed to accommodate medical professionals as well as medical students from basic to advanced level of anatomical medical knowledge.

Check out the video below announcing Lifescan, from Johnson & Johnson, an app that lets you upload glucose readings from connected blood glucose monitors to your iPhone. The app then will let you send readings and a message about how you’re feeling to caregivers. The glucose reader app also includes a meal builder and insulin schedule for easy tracking. The app can estimate, based on planned food intake and blood sugar level, how much insulin is needed to cover each meal. It shows glucose levels in a chart form and lists each previous reading:


  1. Check out PEPID on iPhone - All the cool kids in the ER are using it (via @Judyrrichardson)

  2. Medscape has an easy-to-use drug reference, with a built-in interaction checker, you can download for free. The app connects professionals with Medscape's site, making it easy to access articles, and CE, from the same app.

  3. RxCalc is the only app for the iPhone that performs pharmacokinetic calculations (i.e. aminoglycoside and vancomycin new starts and adjustments)