Free mobile medical reference apps

These selected apps are available for free and provide a great way for students to learn about mobile computing and begin to build their own app libraries. Except where noted, all are compatible with iPhone, iPad, iTouch, and Android devices. A few are available for other devices as well.

Gallery of Mobile Apps and Sites from the National Library of Medicine.

ACC Pocket Guides

Pocket Guides is a clinical practice support tool from the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Foundation. It includes all of the ACC/American Heart Association (AHA) practice guidelines in a concise, easy-to-read format. It is also available for Blackberry.

AFP by Topic

AFP by Topic is a collection of articles published in American Family Physician (AFP). American Academy of Family Physicians members and AFP subscribers get access to all articles. Others can access the online archives but only have access to abstracts to articles from the last twelve months.

Epocrates RX

With this drug reference app, users can review prescribing information for prescription and over-the-counter drugs, check drug interactions, and identify pills by color, shape, or imprint code. The Mobile Resource Centers also provide current medical news. It is also available for Blackberry.

Medscape Mobile

Medscape provides current medical news for over thirty specialties, plus a search tool for locating MEDLINE articles through the app. Other features include a disease and condition reference, procedures and protocols, and a drug reference and interaction checker. It is also available for Kindle Fire.

Micromedex Drug Information

This free version of Micromedex contains concise but thorough drug information on more 4,500 search terms. This information includes dosing, indications and contraindications, adverse effects, drug interactions, toxicology, and more. It is only available for iPhone, iPad, and iTouch.

NEJM This Week

This app provides access to articles in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) published in the last seven days. It also features weekly audio summaries and procedures videos that can be streamed directly to a device. It is compatible with iPad, iTouch, and iPhone only.

PubMed for Handhelds (PUbMed4Hh)

PubMed4Hh provides mobile access to PubMed. It includes a patient/problem, intervention, comparison, outcome (PICO) search, the askMEDLINE natural language search, and Consensus Abstracts. The iOS version also includes BabelMeSH, which provides searching in multiple languages. For a list of other mobile apps and sites from the National Library of Medicine, visit the Gallery of Mobile Apps and Sites.

Thanks to list compiled by Michelle Henley, Barnett-Briggs Medical Library, San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, CA; edited by Nancy R. Glassman, AHIP

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