Gone are the days when health care providers needed to have almost all the medical information in their brains. In this 4th industrial revolution, when everyone has access to medical information – amidst the ever-changing evidence-based medicine, health care providers cannot keep up with reading hardcopy books which will usually arrive with information that is at least one year old. It has become the norm that knowledge is retrievable through soft copies that are mobile responsive – after all – we spend more than half of our day using various apps on our smartphones. The 21st-century health care providers are faced with a vast amount of medical literature that they cannot read if they were to use published medical books. They must now rely on mobile apps – that can provide all the medical literature required to provide them with the most reliable information to provide the utmost high-quality health care to their clients in a timely – yet professional manner.
Various mobile apps exist on both the Google Play Store and Apple App Store; however, the following three apps stand out. All practising health care providers must have them on their smartphones. Let’s look at them.
ReadEra – book reader PDF, EPUB, Word, Kindle
With more than 10 million downloads from the play store for an app that launched, on 31st-March-2017, ReadEra reviews rate it at 4.8 out of 5 stars – a marker of excellence. It is the best book reader I have ever encountered from the play store. It allows reading books for free and offline in PDF, EPUB, Microsoft, Kindle, DJVU, FB2, TXT, ODT, and CHM formats. Without ads to interrupt your reading, this application provides a seamless reading environment that you only get to enjoy while reading hardcopy books. No account needed. The application auto-detects your downloaded books – providing quick navigation, convenient reading settings, economical memory use, and a multi-document mode. You can download it from the play store using the link below.
I joined Medscape in 2011, a few months after the application had launched, and I have no regrets. At 5 million downloads plus and a 4.6-star rating, Medscape is the leading online destination for health care providers globally. It offers the latest medical news and expert perspectives, point-of-care drug and disease information. And relevant continuous professional development (CPD) or commonly known as CMEs. The application structure aims to provide a personalized experience so that anyone can easily access what they need when they need it. With Medscape, you discover the latest clinical news and perspective in your speciality with a tailored news feed. You receive alerts about FDA approvals, conference news, late-breaking clinical trial data, and more. You only need an account to access all the information. It is not only free to sign up but also takes only a few seconds to accomplish. Download it from the links below.
Offered by Wolters Kluwer Health and released on 9th-May-2012, UpToDate is the leading support resource for health care providers. The application has garnered a 4.5-star rating – with more than one million downloads. An individual or institutional subscription is required. And once subscribed, you can access the clinical material anytime, anywhere by downloading the app from the play store or app store onto your smartphone. You get evidence-based clinical information – including drug topics and recommendations that clinicians rely on at the point of care. The app provides a persistent login, easy search with auto-completion. It also helps you earn and track free CPD/CMEs, bookmark history, and mobile-optimized calculators. You can email topics and graphics to patients and colleagues. Download it here.
You can get an UpToDate donation here. There are many medical apps and reading apps on the play or app stores; however, these three stand out. Check them out and leave a comment below. Don’t forget to share with your colleagues.