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Top Nursing Apps

Posted By Lauren Schoener-Gaynor, Monday, July 14, 2014
Updated: Thursday, July 10, 2014

Did you know that over half of the US population has a Smartphone? In the last three years, usage to access apps and the internet has nearly doubled. Stores, companies and even organizations (WOCN Society included!) are developing apps and doing away with printed material.

WOCN researched the top most-used apps for the nursing and medical field and this is what we found! In answer to the age-old question-yes, there is an app for that.

Evidence-Based Wound Care Guidelines and Fecal Ostomy Best Practice Mobile App
Of course we had to mention the brand new app from WOCN first! While there are many medical and nursing apps, the WOCN app is the first and only of its kind. The Evidence-Based Wound Care Guidelines and Fecal Ostomy Best Practice combines four wound care guidelines and the fecal ostomy best practice to deliver quick answers to the bedside—or wherever they are needed. The app covers pressure ulcers, fecal ostomies, lower extremity arterial disease (LEAD), lower extremity neuropathic disease (LEND), and lower extremity venous disease (LEVD).

View the differential assessment algorithm or image library to help you assess patients. Read the quick-reference guide, then view details with extended guidelines and tools.

Nursing Central: $169.99
This app helps nurses and students find detailed information on diseases, tests, drugs, and procedures. The moment a question arises you can consult the automatically updating database of 5,000 drugs, find a definition in the dictionary with more than 65,000 entries, interpret hundreds of laboratory and diagnostic tests, and consult the latest disease information. You can also subscribe to your favorite nursing journals and search the entire MEDLINE/PubMed database directly from your mobile device.

Epocrates: FREE and made Premium
The free drug reference app is the #1 mobile drug reference for U.S. physicians. With it you can search brand, generic, and OTC medicines.

Visual DX: FREE trial for 30 days, then monthly fee
This new medical app combines physician-reviewed clinical information with thousands of medical images from renowned physician and institutional collections. The only medical application to represent the variation of disease presentation through age, stage, and skin type, VisualDx Mobile addresses the key complexities faced by many clinicians today when diagnosing dermatologic and other visual condition.

PatientTouch: FREE
PatientTouch is a Mobile Care Orchestration solution that enables you to orchestrate people, processes, and data in real time. By connecting frontline clinicians to their patients, care team, and existing EHR infrastructure, PatientTouch improves safety, quality, efficiency, and nursing satisfaction, while reducing costs. Ultimately, PatientTouch allows you to spend more time on direct patient care. PatientTouch delivers Positive Patient Identification (PPID) workflows, clinically contextual communications, and configurable care interventions.

Medscape: FREE
WebMD’s physician app had the distinction of being the most downloaded free medical app of 2010. The #1 mobile platform for U.S. clinicians with over 4 million users. It includes a drug interaction checker, procedure reference, and daily medical news updates.

Merck Manual for Mobile + Web: Pricing varies 
The Merck Manual delivers trusted disease management information to any iOS device and the web. Choose The Merck Manual for Mobile and Web standalone app or bundle it with the Merck Manual of Patient Symptoms and Davis’s Drug Guide to create a versatile point-of-need solution.

Micromedex Drug Information: Free for Internet Subscribers
This application you can access content on drug information.  The industry’s most comprehensive drug information and is backed by the same thorough, unbiased editorial process as Micromedex. Now from anywhere, clinical care teams can instantly get information to support confident treatment decisions. 

Doximity: FREE
With this app, connect with any US physician including primary care and specialists nearby, co-authors, and colleagues from medical school and training. Highlight your CV in physician-optimized profiles and share your back-line with the colleagues you want to reach quickly. 

Medigram: FREE
Secure group messaging made easy within the hospital environment. This app is used within small local clinics to world-class institutions. Send encrypted images and messages to a group or individual with this helpful app.

Nurse’s Pocket Guide: FREE
Confirm accurate diagnosis and develop effect care plans with the Nurse’s Pocket Guide

Happy "app"ing!!

Tags:  apps. technology  nursing  WOCN 

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