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6 Best Apps for Physicians in 2021

Mobile apps are everywhere these days. A recent study conducted by RiskIQ found that there are more than 8.93 million apps worldwide and that number continues to grow.

The healthcare sector is taking notice. Mobius MD says that 90 percent of physicians use their smartphones at work to communicate with team members, access electronic health records, and develop treatment plans. 

If you use apps in a clinical setting, you’re already ahead of the game. If you’re not, there’s no better opportunity than now to take action. To save you time researching, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite apps for physicians. Keep reading to see who made the cut.


1.) Medscape. Medscape is one of the most popular apps for physicians and clinicians. It’s free of charge and doesn’t require a subscription. Even better? Medscape provides a one-stop-shop for all your daily needs, including information about diseases and prescription medications; clinical tools like a drug interaction checker, calculator, and pill identifier; breaking medical news; commentary from experts in your field; and continuing education medical activities. There’s even an online network called Medscape Consult that allows physicians and medical students to ask questions, crowdsource answers, and discuss clinical topics. 


2.) USPSTF Prevention TaskForce. Prevention TaskForce is a mobile app developed by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). It provides up-to-date data and evidence-based recommendations to help physicians screen for and diagnose diseases. One of the greatest advantages of the Prevention TaskForce app is its versatility. You can log in with your smartphone or access the program from a desktop workstation.


Primary care physicians all over the country use the Prevention TaskForce app to recommend preventive screenings and medication as well as to guide custom treatment plans. Some of the most popular features include a scoring system for osteoporosis, a BMI calculator, and topic-specific information for patients. The app is free of charge and boasts a 3.7-star rating (out of 5) in the Apple App Store.


3.) Epocrates. Epocrates is the leading medical reference app, with more than one million subscribers worldwide. It provides a quick and convenient way to access important medical information, including disease statistics, treatment suggestions, and drug interactions. 

Epocrates has a proven track record for improving efficiency. One customer survey found that on average, physicians save more than 20 minutes a day with the app in their arsenal. Plus, you can feel confident about developing care plans. Epocrates constantly updates its safety, diagnostic, and treatment information to adhere to current guidelines and recommendations.


4.) UpToDate. UpToDate is advertised as a “clinical decision support resource.” The app is unmatched in its depth and breadth of medical content, featuring more than 11,800 topics in 25 specialties that are continuously updated and peer reviewed. 

The extensive knowledge and information provided by UpToDate users translate to engaging, original content that can expand your professional knowledge and improve treatment outcomes. That’s no exaggeration, either. More than 80 research studies have demonstrated UpToDate’s positive impact on patient care and hospital performance. 


5.) VisualDx. One of the things that make medicine so challenging is the fact that diseases and other medical conditions affect everyone differently. Because symptoms vary, making an accurate diagnosis isn’t always easy. Enter VisualDx. VisualDx was developed by Lowell Goldsmith, MD, and Art Papier, MD, professors of dermatology at the University of Rochester.  

The program is home to more than 42,000 highly detailed images that show the progression of various ailments. In addition to a vast photo library, VisualDx offers patient handouts for 200 of its most common diagnoses. The handouts are concise, peer-reviewed, and designed for the point of care, ensuring positive patient outcomes.


6.) Calm. Physicians experience stress like everyone else. Meeting with patients, enrolling in continuing education, and inputting data into EHRs is both time-consuming and exhausting. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic compounds these issues, making even minor tasks more challenging. If you end most days feeling stressed out, it’s important to listen to your body.

Though it isn’t marketed as an app for physicians, Calm has the resources you need to breathe, recenter, and find peace. Specifically, it provides an outlet for mindful meditation, improved sleep, and less anxiety.

Calm has something for almost everyone. If you only plan to meditate on occasion, download the free version. If you hope to make mindfulness a central component of your professional life, consider a monthly or annual subscription. 


This is by no means a comprehensive list of the best apps for physicians, but we hope it encourages you to do some research on the topic. In today’s fast-paced world of medicine, physicians need all the help they can get. These tools can make all the difference.


6 Best Apps for Physicians in 2021
Chad Birt

Chad Birt is a freelance B2B and B2C medical writer who resides in Astoria, Oregon. When he isn't behind a keyboard, you can find him hiking, camping, or birdwatching with his wife Ella and their two dogs, Diane and Thoreau.