As more and more of us become dependent upon technology in both our personal and professional lives, we are exposed to an increasing number of applications that can supposedly make our lives better. While many of these “apps” are not the life-changing methods of organization we hope for, there are a number of excellent mobile apps that can help busy Healthcare Management Students and Professionals stay on top of the Healthcare Industry, their education and their career. The following is a list of some of these time saving, helpful apps.
Time Management Apps
Evernote – Evernote is a collection of software and services, designed for note taking and archiving. These notes can be as simple as a piece of text, or more complex notes such as full webpages or excerpt, photographs, voice memos or handwritten (stylus) notes. Users can add file attachments to each note and have the ability to sort notes into folders, apply appropriate tags, apply annotations, edit, apply comments, search and export as part of a notebook. Evernote supports a number of operating system platforms including OS X, iOS, Chrome OS, Android, Microsoft Windows, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and webOS.
Drop Box – Dropbox is a file hosting service that offers cloud storage, file synchronization, personal cloud, and client software. Users are permitted to create a unique folder on each of their computers, which Dropbox then synchronizes so that it appears to be the same folder regardless of which computer or mobile device it is accessed from.
American Health Care Association (AHCA) Mobile App – This mobile app is accessible for all Apple and Android customers. The goal is to connect users to all current issue briefs, district data and talking points year round.
Epocrates Mobile Application – More and more doctors are regularly using Epocrates to help with their direct patient care. This app provides medical providers with precise, reliable, useful clinical tools designed to integrate seamlessly into their day-to-day interactions with patients and colleagues.
Pub Med Mobile – PubMed is a widely used library of medical literature. The PubMed app is made up of more than 24 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.
Electronic Preventive Services Selector (EPSS) – The ePSS is a medical app designed to help clinicians identify clinical preventive services that are appropriate for their patients. Professionals can use this tool to search and browse United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on the web or on a PDA or mobile device.
Docphin – Docphin was created by a group of practicing doctors in 2012. The app works to address the need of medical professionals to keep an updated library of medical literature in a readily accessible format.
Medscape Mobile App – The MedScape app is an excellent tool for both physicians and healthcare managers. The app has the ability to look up drug information, search evidence-based disease and condition information, stay up to date with important medical news, complete continuing medical education courses and much more.
Calculate by QxMD – This app is a free clinical calculator and decision support tool for iPhone, iPad, Android and BlackBerry.
MediBabble – This useful app allows physicians, healthcare managers, patients and others involved in the medical community to break down the communication barrier that too often interferes with patient care.
By utilizing some or all of these extremely useful mobile applications, Healthcare Management professionals and students can use their time more wisely and stay on top of the ever-changing Healthcare Industry. As technology becomes a larger and larger part of the Healthcare Field, both students and professionals will need to understand the ways in which apps can play a role in improving patient care.