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Andoid Apps offers a well organized directory of Health & Fitness directory that includes a section on Medical Apps with topics that include Disease Reference, Drug Reference, Lab Values, Medical Calculators and Medical Coding, among other more general topics.
iTunes has a collection just for health care professionals. Some apps are available for free, some are inexpensively priced, some require a subscription to a related web product. Check out the Medical App Store Downloads on iTunes.
National Library of Medicine App page, NLM Mobile, has a Galary of Mobile Apps and Sites. All NLM Apps are free.
UW Libraries Mobile Apps for Health Sciences offers a guide for iOS and Android platforms in various health sciences topics.
Below is a list of few that may be useful in the care of older adults. Descriptions are from the product vendors.
A Systematic Review of Healthcare Applications for Smartphones, Mosa AS, Yoo I, Sheets L. BMC Medical Information and Decision Making, 2012 Jul 10; 12(1):67
Mobile Apps for Health Sciences from UW Libraries, this guide provides links to apps for iphone, Android, UW Libraries' resources that have apps for mobile devices, and information on evaluating apps.
Evaluating Apps - a guide written by Nicole Capdarest-Arest, MA (LIS) at Arizona Health Sciences Library, University of Arizona, gives tips on evaluating accuracy, authority, bias/objectivity, coverage, currency/timeliness and technical aspects of an app prior to utilizing the information for clinical care. The entire LibGuide on Mobile Apps & Resources is available at the Arizona Health Sciences Library web site.
GDS Geriatric Depression Scale The Geriatric Depression Scale is a screening device to identify depression in older adults. This is a free handheld version that can be used to administer and score the scale. The app was developed by Jerome Yesavage, MD from Stanford University School of Medicine, Aging Clinical Research Center. Android only. Free
Geriatrics at Your Fingertips from the American Geriatrics Society "contains specialized, up-to-date evaluation and management strategies for common geriatric conditions and disorders." Android Apps and iTunes $
iGeriatrics from the American Geriatrics Society's free clinical information offerings into one easy to use application. Includes the Beers Criteria, Geriatric Cultural Navigator, GeriPsych Consult, Guide to Common Immunizations, Management of Atrial Fibrillation, and Prevention of Falls Guide. Android Apps and iTunes. Free
DailyMed "Provides high quality information about marketed drugs, including FDA labels (package inserts)." NLM Free
Drug Information Portal Mobile "A mobile interface to information for over 31,000 drugs. Names, usage, and structures are displayed, as well as search links to key NLM and government sites, using their mobile version when available. Spell checking and autosuggest are used during input." NLM Free
Epocrates "Get quick access to reliable drug, disease, and diagnostic information at the point of care. Epocrates is the #1 mobile drug reference among U.S. physicians. Trusted for accurate content and innovative offerings, 50% of U.S. physicians rely on Epocrates to help improve patient safety and increase practice efficiency." Additional online services available for subscription. Android Apps and iTunes Free
Warfarin Guide "Warfarin Guide offers three resources essential for systematic and careful evidence-based anticoagulation with Warfarin." iTunes Free
NEJM This Week "The latest medical research findings, review articles, and editorial opinion on a wide variety of topics of importance to biomedical science and clinical practice, from the most trusted name in medicine - The New England Journal of Medicine." iTunes Free.
PubMed Mobile "Provides a simplified, mobile-friendly Web interface to access PubMed. PubMed contains millions of article citations from thousands of biomedical journals. Many citations include abstracts." NLM Free
PubMed for Handhelds "A Web site for searching MEDLINE® with the Web browser of any mobile device." NLM Free
Health Hotlines "Health Hotlines is a directory of organizations with toll-free telephone numbers. It is derived from DIRLINE, the National Library of Medicine's Directory of Information Resources Online. This database contains descriptions of almost 9,000 biomedical organizations and resources." NLM & iTunes Free
MedlinePlus Mobile "Authoritative consumer health information from MedlinePlus.gov in a mobile-optimized Web site that includes summaries for over 800 diseases, conditions and wellness topics as well as the latest health news, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, and information on prescription and over-the-counter medications. Available via the Web browser of any mobile device." NLM Free
Cardio Teach for iPad "A patient education tool for healthcare providers (HCPs) to demonstrate and personalize education about cardiovascular and peripheral interventions. CardioTeach provides an overview of normal heart function and common coronary, rhythm, and peripheral conditions. Basic graphics with simple content enables the clinician to explain the disease and procedure effectively and allows patients to make informed decisions about cardiac device procedures." Boston Scientific iTunes FreeTop of page