Columbus, OH- To sum up our explanation of medical vs. general health apps, we found it beneficial to add one more post to the series. Our previous articles covered the definition of mobile medical apps and three examples of FDA-approved apps.
On the contrary, following are three useful healthcare apps that did not require FDA approval, as they are meant for educational purposes and don’t involve much risk to the consumer.
Given that I don’t have an extensive medical background, the ability to visually learn about certain health conditions intrigued me enough to download this app. Online reviews reflects patients benefitting from the app to visualize their medical symptoms, as well as healthcare professionals and professors using it to support explanations.
One review on iTunes stated, “as an educator, this tool facilitates teaching and learning as students can see and experience a 3 dimensional model that otherwise would be very expensive.”
Doctors and patients now have access to a variety of reference apps – including UptoDate, Medscape, WebMD, and Epocrates. Healthcare professionals use such apps in their everyday clinical practice to check recommendations on accuracy and improve efficiency. According to Crunchbase.com, one out of three U.S. physicians currently uses the Epocrates software.
Of course we had to include Doximity here as well. This free app lets physicians connect and exchange information with over 30,000 peers, as a three-step credentials check ensures an exclusive community of healthcare professionals.
In addition to networking and reading journal articles, members can request a free HIPAA-secure fax line, earn CME credits, and browse professional opportunities.