webmasterNovember 3, 2015November 3, 2015If you are not using mobile devices in your medical practice today, research states you will be in the next five years. The use of these devices, paired with the right apps, garner great benefits. A March 2015 survey of 500 healthcare professionals by Research Now, found: 86% of healthcare professionals believe apps will increase their knowledge of patients’ conditions 76% believe, with the right app, they can help patients with chronic diseases 72% think consumer health apps will encourage patients to take more responsibility for their own health 59% already use mobile technology to access medical research 50% think apps will increase the efficiency of patient treatment 46% believe mHealth apps will improve their relationship with their patients 46% of healthcare professionals say they will introduce mobile apps into their practice in the next 5 years 16% said they already use mobile apps in their work with patients. Since mHealth is the wave of the future, how can busy doctors and nurses select the best apps and technology for their practice? Here are a few medical apps already vetted by Capterra, a software selection company, as the best on the market today. 5 Medical Mobile Apps Worth Looking Into Epocrates This free app runs on the iOS and Android platforms and can: Check for potentially harmful interactions between up to 30 drugs at a time. Review evidence-based, patient-specific guidelines condensed for the patient visit. Send secure text messages to colleagues or create group chats with care teams about specific patients. While the basic app is free, it does have more in-depth intelligence available for a yearly subscription fee. UpToDate UpToDate® is a fee based subscription that is available on the iOS, Android and Windows platforms. It offers: A “What’s New” feature that provides clinicians with a summary of the most important new information in the medical arena. Practice Changing Updates, which are specific new recommendations and/or updates that, may change usual clinical practice. Patient Education that has more than 1,500 corresponding patient information topics, plus more than 1,000 in universal Spanish. Clinicians can review this information with patients in the exam room, print out as handouts, or send it to them via email. Doximity This free app is available on iOS and Android systems and offers the following: Connect with other physicians for future networking opportunities. Twice-a-month literature updates are curated specifically for your needs. The opportunity to earn Category 1 CME credits is available with each update. A dedicated e-fax number, absolutely free. This HIPAA-secure feature enables you to send and receive faxes on any mobile device. Read by QxMD This sort-of free app (the app itself is free, but the publications you access may not be), run on the iOS and Android platforms and provides the following: Keep up with the latest groundbreaking research that may impact your practice. Browse through 1000s of outstanding topic reviews. Search millions of articles from PubMed and their database medical topics. New England Journal of Medicine This free pub can be accessed on iPad rentals or other iOS devices. It has a great feature, a weekly audio summary of the week’s breakthrough findings, thus allowing healthcare professionals to listen to the latest research without having to read about it. Hartford Technology Rental Stands Ready to Help Physicians We at Hartford Technology Rental can help you implement the right technology solution whether it is at a physician’s office, medical teaching facility or hospital. With a plethora of tablet rentals and great leasing options, we have what it takes to get the right products to you! Give us a call at 888-520-5667 to get started!