Library in Your Pocket
There are many health and medical mobile apps for smart phones, iPads, tablets etc.
Here are links to just a few and if you have suggestions for others please contact us, and we’ll update the list.
Can’t find what you are looking for?
A drug resource (free, but remember to bookmark Clinical Knowledge Summaries)
Available for free. This refresher/learning app is aimed at nurses and midwives who are newly qualified, returning to practice, adapting to practice in the UK, or want to update their practice.
An online clinical student revision guide for medical students, junior doctors, nurses, and medical professionals
Big White Wall is an online community for people who are stressed, anxious or feeling low. The service has an active forum with round-the-clock support from trained professionals. You can talk anonymously to other members and take part in group or one-to-one therapy with therapists.
Download the BMJ Best Practice app from:
Sign in using your BMJ Best Practice personal account.
To register for a BMJ account: Login to the BMJ Best Practice website on an NHS computer OR login offsite with an NHS OpenAthens account. Click on ‘Access through your institution’ then search for the name of your NHS trust.
Mobile app containing both adult and child British National Formulary (BNF), published by the British Medical Association and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. It is logically presented, with hyperlinks in the text to help guide you through the content. The interaction checker is helpful and a quick way to check drug interactions. Available free of charge for NHS users in the UK, for non-commercial use.
Download from: App Store and Google Play
Fully portable, no internet access required to use.
Case simplifies the process of reading medical journals. It allows you to set up subscription preferences and organize preferred journals in a central location. With access to over 18 million articles covering 81 specialties, Case narrows your search and you can search for more than 100,000 keywords and follow the journals that suit you. It also considers what you’ve read in the past and makes recommendations. The app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android, and it’s free.
Critically appraise medical research articles using the CASP checklists. Also includes a calculator that will calculate the number needed to treat and other useful statistics. (Free, but currently only available for Apple devices.)
The Cochrane Library app offers the latest evidence from the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. The app includes exclusive monthly issues containing the best of the previous month’s Cochrane Reviews, specially chosen by the Cochrane Library Editor in Chief.
Other features include:
- Downloadable Cochrane Review content for reading offline.
- A Bookmark feature for creating your own topic-based collections of Cochrane evidence.
- Abridged Cochrane Reviews for the best possible tablet and phone reading experience.
This free learning app is aimed at health care staff, especially nursing staff, and trainee pharmacists. Download from App Store
Epocrates is a medical reference app that supports your clinical decisions in multiple ways, multiple times a day. (Free but watch out for UK applicability).
Stay current on key topics in clinical medicine – and earn CME on your time – with engaging podcasts based on peer-reviewed articles published in JAMA. Topics include diabetes, stroke, dietary guidelines, depression, Lyme disease, constipation, and more, with new podcasts added regularly. You can set preferences, and the app will recommend episodes based on your interests. In-app quizzes for CME credit. To take in-app quizzes and earn CME credit, you will need a subscription.
MDCalc offers more than 350 tools to help you make decisions about patient care. The app encompasses 35 areas of specialty, as well as more than 150 diseases and medical conditions. Doctors and medical experts write all the content on the app and more than a million medical professionals all over the world use this diagnostic tool each month.
This free app is available for iOS and Android. Download from: Apple and Google Play
MedPage Today is a free app that will let you choose your specialty and then customize the type of information accordingly. To keep you up to speed with the newest discoveries, research, and procedures in your field.
This app offers the latest medical news, expert-opinions, point-of-care drug and disease information and relevant professional education. It also has many more reference materials, online calculators, formularies, etc. Plenty of CPD’s can be done from this app.
Download from: Apple and Google Play
Available for free. Fully portable, no internet access required to use, but should be regularly updated.
This drug information app includes useful information on IV compatibility, drug interactions, and off-label indications.
Download from: Apple and Google Play
Useful apps for patients to help them manage and improve their own health.
Omnio is the next version of Skyscape (one of the earliest medical apps). It allows you to retrieve and customize information, giving you a central location for your most essential resources. The Omnio medical reference app allows you to:
- Review the Merck Manual
- Access information from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, the American Diabetes Association and more
- Check symptoms
- Identify pills
- Look up prescription medications
- Determine drug dosing
- Check drug interactions
- Use medical calculators
Omnio is available for iPad, iPhone and Android. You can use the app for free, or, for a fee, you can add resources such as Labs 360 and Davis’s Drug Guide.
A one-stop-shop for patients and professionals. Patients can use this app to make appointments with their GP’s and repeat prescription service. For professionals, there are featured articles, medical tools, and resources available for their development.
Download from: Apple and Google Play
PEPID is designed especially for emergency room physicians and paramedics to help with rapid diagnosis. It could be useful to students, interns and residents, nurses, and pharmacists as a source of information.
It also offers useful videos featuring examination and clinical procedures, as well as push notifications with the medical news such as drug approvals, new research, black box warnings etc.
PEPID is free for iPhone, iPad and Android users.
NHS Safeguarding Guide (free) is a resource for healthcare professionals to increase their awareness and understanding of safeguarding requirements.
QxMD Read gives access to numerous medical journals including NEJM and JAMA. You can set preferences and set up collections of information both publicly and privately. It allows you highlight and draw on the app and save your changes to the document in a PDF file. QxMD Read is available for iPhone, iPad and Android. Anyone can view the Pubmed links and abstracts for free, but you need credentials from an institution or an individual subscription to review PDFs in their entirety.
This app supplements your counselling on inhalers. It has information for all the inhalers available in the market and video tutorials for each of them. For healthcare professionals, it includes treatment pathways for Asthma and COPD recommended by BTS, SIGN and NICE. Download from: Apple and Google Play
This app offers students a step-wise methodical approach to clinical examination, sample presentations, high quality image gallery, quick review flashcards and frequently asked questions and their answers with each of the cases.
Short Cases in Mobile is free for Android users.
ShoulderDoc ties into the information on the well-regarded ShoulderDoc website. It offers diagnostic possibilities for shoulder-related complaints. The extensive information found on the app, including helpful videos and images, is not only an excellent resource for surgeons but also for patients. The app is free and available for iPhone and iPad.
Contains the latest guidelines for you on the move. It allows you to send the guidelines to yourself as a PDF document. The iPad version has the split screen feature allowing you to type and read. Download from: Apple and Google Play
Available to registered NHS users. Mobile access to advice on the features and management of poisoning for thousands of products and substances.
Available for free. Download from: App Store
MEDLINE gives you access to 24 million articles in Pubmed’s database. You can customize your search with a variety of options and filters and organize the information you find. It also displays related pieces, which are determined by the citations in the literature you’ve already reviewed. The app allows you to send documentation to your email address or download it into Dropbox in multiple formats, and share information on Facebook and Twitter. MEDLINE is available for iPad, iPhone, Android and Windows. Searches are free, and, depending on the publisher, you may or may not need to pay for what you find.
Available to Medway NHS Foundation Trust staff only. Registration required.
To register for a personal account access UpToDate via the Medway LKS link. You will receive a confirmation email from UpToDate.
Sign in using your UpToDate personal account.
NB: To keep the account active, you must re-verify your affiliation with Medway LKS once every 90 days by logging in on the Medway LKS link. Re-verifying online does not extend to mobile devices. Once you have re-verified your account, you need to delete the app from your phone/device and re-install. Once you have logged in, it will sync the online access with the device.
A COVID-19 resource for healthcare workers. WHO Academy permits free access to all the WHO's COVID-19 resources in one place and providing the most current guidance on all things COVID-19, including webinars and educational workshops.
The platform is divided primarily into 10 major content modules, like case management, infection prevention control/staff safety and health, epidemiology, laboratory, maintaining essential health services and systems, international health regulations, operational support and logistics, and regional information. Each of these primary content areas is full of additional information and resources from the WHO and other organizations.