Gone are the days when you had to rush to a doctor for common issues like the cold and wait for hours for your appointment. Whether it was getting a prescription for your flu or something else, those long hours at the doctor’s seemed never-ending.
Luckily, things have changed pretty fast over a period of time and we don’t have to go through such hassles anymore. Like always, technology has come to our rescue.
Thanks to technological advancements, you can now see a doctor immediately, have her prescribe you a medicine, or even make an unofficial diagnosis to prepare you for any unforeseen medical emergency.
Regardless of the time or location, speaking to a doctor is now just a few taps away on your mobile device, thanks to some brilliant healthcare apps that are revolutionizing the health sector.
Numerous online self-administered tests like BrainTest let you assess your cognitive abilities if you are going through what is called ‘brain fog’. A doctor can then assess the results. The 5 following healthcare applications have all garnered great reviews and are a must-have for your mobile:
Micromedex – simple yet comprehensive
With the aim to benefit pharmacists, physicians and nurses, this app is extremely simple and straightforward. It will provide you with everything you need on drug dosage and medicinal recommendations.
This single pharmaceutical reference app allows you to search for any specified drug, provides you with details on how to consume it and the side effects that may occur after taking the drug. You can also search for recommendations based on whichever ailment or medical complaint you might have, and the app will tell you which medicine you can take with a doctor’s consultation.
Micromedex is particularly helpful for healthcare practitioners and can help them identify probable issues that might arise in daily practice.
Update your medical data and information with Medscape
One of the leading medical resources used by medical students, nurses, physicians and various other healthcare professionals, Medscape is an amazingly helpful application that provides its users access to numerous areas in the field of medicine. These include drug and disease information, medical calculators, medical news and the most recent and updated medical information.
In fact, it is the number one downloaded app since August 2009 and there are over 3200 diseases, procedures and conditions featured in it along with additional 2,500 images and more than 150 videos for added help. It has been rated as the fastest and most comprehensive way to check medication dosages and interactions.
Doctor On Demand brings doctors and psychologists to your phone
How convenient would it be if your doctor could talk to you over the phone about your symptoms and you didn’t have to get out of bed or go all the way to a hospital on a sick, lazy morning? Doctor On Demand allows you to do just that. All you have to do is tap the app and the next thing you know, a very qualified and knowledgeable doctor is present on your screen, talking to you via video chat.
This is one of the very few apps that lets you see a doctor for a video consultation, have him or her write you a prescription and also answer all your medical queries conveniently over the phone. They can also prescribe medicines for certain medical conditions like common colds, flu, allergies, and mild infections.
Thanks so some recent innovations on the app, you can also see a psychologist. They can help you with chronic problems like smoking, drinking, stress, mild depression and even relationship problems. While consulting them via Doctor on Demand costs a little higher than seeing a doctor in person, it is still worth it, given the ease and comfort.
Epocrates – best known for an extensive drug database
Referred to as the gold standard of medical apps, Epocrates has a million downloads and doctors are increasingly using it for drug information and interactions.
A very popular drug reference app that comes with a very wide-ranging drug catalog, users can search for different medications by inserting a brand name, generic name or even a list of conditions to find relevant medicines.
The app also comes with a section of ‘alternatives’ that lists down medications that can be substituted for the drug you insert in the search bar.
If you are unsure about a certain pill or drug, you can easily use the ‘pill identifier’ feature on the app, which lets you enter all the information you have regarding the pill. It then provides you with potential matches, ridding you of the confusion.
This is extremely beneficial for clinicians who are interested in getting a full access to medical guidelines, suggested treatments, lab interpretations and recommendations on infectious disease treatments.
Neuromind – one of a kind app for neurosurgeons
This is one of the most highly ranked applications for neurosurgeons who can use it as a powerful reference tool. The app provides beneficial and substantial information that is used by those medical professionals who are keen to learn about the complexities of the human brain.
The app provides high-resolution diagrams for surgeons to refer to during practice. The app provides really extensive information and each image is labeled with clear text and pointers. It also features a medical checklist necessary for safe surgery.
Technology is slowly but surely taking over all manual processes, and making life so much easier in the process. Mobile software industries are on a roll, launching groundbreaking and powerful apps and software that are revolutionizing the healthcare industry. This is the best era to be living in!
Kamil Riaz is a Writer and Digital Marketer. He has completed his masters in Administrative Science from the University of Karachi. As a writer, he wrote numerous articles on marketing, management, technology and health. Currently, he is working with Airg team for development work. Check out his firm’s performance reviews.