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With the Proliferation of Mobile Medical Apps, Which Ones Work Best in the Emergency Department?

When Wake Forest physician and teacher Iltifat Husain, MD, used his first medical app 5 years ago, he was in medical school and downloaded a diagnostic tool called Diagnosaurus DDX to his smartphone.

Medical apps were popular with students, and early adopters among medical practitioners had been using them for a decade or so. But the industry has since exploded, including thousands of apps for wellness, reference, and diagnostics, some free and some fee based, and is changing the way medicine is practiced across the board.

Apps for smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices can influence treatment before a patient even arrives in the emergency department (ED), and some…

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 With the Proliferation of Mobile Medical Apps, Which Ones Work Best in the Emergency Department?

As medical apps flood the market, the question facing ED personnel is how to winnow the list to determine which ones are most valuable, user friendly, and reliable

The Best Emergency Medicine Apps

I surveyed a bunch of EM physicians on Facebook, Reddit, and in person, asking them their favorite apps to use in the emergency department. This list is a compilation of the replies that I received. Most of the apps are available for both Android and iOS but a handful are exclusive to just one platform.

These are the 15 not so obvious medical apps Emergency Medicine physicians should have

There are some obvious medical apps Emergency Medicine providers should have — we included these in our top 10 medical apps for Emergency Medicine list — there are also great medical apps that haven’t gotten much attention, but Emergency Medicine providers could benefit from them tremendously.

Best Medical iPhone Apps

If you’re an ED doc, you probably love the iphone.But now that there are over 10,000 different apps in the App Store listed under “Medical” and “Healthcare & Fitness” you may be a bit bamboozled as to which apps to try. Not to worry… Houston Neal from has an updated list of the best medical apps for doctors and medical students. Here is how the list is created...

Top 10 Emergency Medicine Apps

The following is a list of 10 essential medical apps Emergency Medicine providers should have on their smartphones. Links to iPhone and Android platforms are provided for each app. The apps are listed based on my experiences working in the Emergency Room and the app reviews that have been done prior at iMedicalApps.

Top 5 Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Apps

The portability of these apps make them useful at the point of care when you are actively performing an Ultrasound, further boosting their clinical utility. The following are five of the best Ultrasound Apps currently available for Emergency Medicine.


Developed by an emergency physician, Pedi STAT is a critical companion when caring for the critically ill pediatric patient

10 Second EM

10 Second EM (Emergency Medicine) is designed for emergency physicians, medical residents, healthcare students and professionals that practice, rotate through or are interested in emergency medicine. It is designed to be a rapid reference tool with on-the-job applicability. It may also be helpful to internal medicine and critical care physicians.


Bullets* contains medbullets and orthobullets Topics, Questions, Techniques, Cases, Videos, and Evidence. Our Testmaster allows you to create, take, and review customized exams.

ECG Guide

The most comprehensive ECG app in the iPhone App Store - over 200 examples of common and uncommon ECGs.

EMRA Antibiotic Guide

Find the most current antibiotic recommendations based on organ system, diagnosis, or organism; virtually every type of infectious disease is covered.

EMRA Peds Meds

There are a lot of Pediatric Dosage calculators for the iPhone. EMRA Peds Meds is the only one that lets you edit, create, and organize medications to reflect your clinical practice and institutional standards.

EMRA PressorDex

PressorDex is a comprehensive therapeutic guide to the myriad of pressors, vasoactive drugs, continuous infusions, and other medications needed to treat the critically ill patient.

EMRAP for Emergency Medicine

Mel Herbert and our team of EM experts have been sharing their “Reviews and Perspectives”, bringing you the most up-to-date and relevant topics in emergency medicine, every month. It’s funny, it’s smart and it’s truly irresistible medical education.


1 out of 2 US physicians rely on Epocrates to enable better patient care by delivering the right information when it’s needed most.

ERres "This app is fantastic. Reasonably priced, simple to use and crammed with useful information.

Eye Emergency Manual

It provides a quick and simple guide to recognising important signs and symptoms, and management of common eye emergencies.


The most accurate, advanced visual acuity screening app for iPhone and iPod Touch. Over 1,000,000 people have downloaded our mobile electronic eye charts for iOS.

Figure 1

Figure 1 gives you free and instant access to thousands of real-world medical cases from healthcare professionals across 185 specialty groups and prominent institutions, including the American Cancer Society, BMJ, Doctors Without Borders, and Mount Sinai Health System. View and discuss cases you may never see in your own practice, expand your clinical knowledge, and access a community of millions of healthcare professionals.

GoodRx Pro

Millions of Americans struggle to afford their prescriptions. Help your patients save up to 80% with GoodRx for Healthcare Professionals.


Haiku provides authorized clinical users of Epic’s Electronic Health Record with secure access to clinic schedules, hospital patient lists, health summaries, test results and notes. Haiku also supports dictation and In Basket access. Haiku works on both the iPhone and iPod touch.


With more than 234 formulas and scoring tools housed in an intuitive interface, Mediquations is the smart choice for anyone looking for a medical calculator for the iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad.


Medscape provides fast and accurate clinical answers at the point-of-care and is the leading medical resource for physicians, medical students, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. Using Medscape Consult, physicians can access a community of more than 250K physicians worldwide to share cases, ask questions, and benefit from their knowledge and diverse experiences.

One Minute Ultrasound

Awesome succinct way to refresh the basics and basic landmarks for exams that I don't do every day.


For experienced clinicians, there are tons of quick reference sections to act as a secondary brain for calculations, decision tools, drug doses, and much more.

Read by QxMD

Read by QxMD' provides a single place to keep up with new medical & scientific research, read outstanding topic reviews and search PubMed.


Resuscitation! is the award-winning virtual patient simulator that makes learning medicine addictive! Resuscitation gives you a case presentation of a patient who is ill, and you play the role of the health care provider.


This mobile app will deliver all the important information you need to perform clinical ultrasound examinations at the bedside. The app's concise, step-by-step instructions will guide you through how to obtain the best images for integration into your clinical practice.


UpToDate is the leading clinical decision support resource with evidence-based clinical information – including drug topics and recommendations that clinicians rely on at the point of care. UpToDate has been the subject of over 30 research studies confirming that widespread usage of UpToDate is associated with improved patient care and hospital performance.


VisualDx is the single source for diagnostic clinical decision support. Searchable by symptoms, signs, and patient factors, VisualDx is the fastest path to a customized differential diagnosis. Tens of thousands of images and graphics speed comparison, recognition, and diagnosis. VisualDx is used to validate a diagnosis, access next steps for management and care, and for patient education.


WikEM is an online wiki and database of emergency medicine knowledge to assist physicians with their daily practice. The content is continuously updated from allowing for rapid reference of key information. The content is available offline with this mobile application.

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