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Apps For Doctors With iPads

Doctors are beginning to adopt the iPad into their workflow at the hospital. There are some apps that can actually enable doctors to be more efficient. This AppList will showcase some of the most useful apps for doctors. There is also an in depth discussion with a doctor out of Texas over at the iPad Possibilities Podcast. The interview goes over how he uses his iPad as a doctor on a daily basis. It is episode 120 for those wanting to take a listen.

PubMed On Tap

by ReferencesOnTap

PubMed is a free database accessing the MEDLINE database of citations, abstracts and some full text articles on life sciences and biomedical topics. PubMed Tap is an app to find and display reference material from PubMed. The app features offline storage, email sharing, advanced search, and more.

iAnnotate PDF

by Branchfire, Inc.

Doctors looking for a great tool to edit PDFs on the iPad look to iAnnotate. The app features some of the most robust annotation tools available on the iPad. PDFs are still widely used in hospitals and having this app on the iPad is a must.

WebMD for iPad

by WebMD

WebMD is a great reference app for doctors. The app includes a symptom checker to help remind you what may be wrong with a certain patient. The app also includes first aid essentials, conditions, drugs and treatments, a pill identification tool, and local health listings. The app is absolutely free and a great reference tool for anyone.



MD Magazine is a magazine written by and for physicians. The app is a free download and additional issues can be purchased for $0.99. The app is well laid out and is a great tool for doctors to stay up to date with what is going on in the community.


by LogMeIn, Inc.

LogMeIn is a great tool for doctors needing to access Windows or Macs from the iPad. The app will cut through any firewalls that are in the way. The app is also very fast and reliable. Many doctors will actually use this app to input data into the EMR system many hospitals have. If you are looking for a way to run Mac or Windows apps on the iPad, this is a great solution.

Mailer - Newsletters and Group Mail

by Christian Fries

Doctors are often need to send out group emails. The built in mail app is not the best for managing different mailing lists. The app is great for doctors needing power email sending functionality. The app can save email templates, delay mail with a mailing queue, have multiple accounts, and have different styling. There is nothing quite like Mailer and if you are a power email sender, then this is an app for you.

Micromedex Drug Information

by Thomson Reuters (Healthcare) Inc.

Microdex is a free app that provides drug information right on your iPad. The app includes over 4,500 search terms. These results include: generic names, trade names, black box warnings, dosage info, administration, monitoring, precautions, adverse effects, and much more. If you are a doctor prescribing drugs day in and day out, then this is a great app.


by Lexi-Comp

Lexicomp is an app that gives you access to some great clinically trusted information. The app includes a free 30 day trial to get a glimpse of the service. Lexicomp has tons of different databases that you can access. These include: Lexi-Drugs, Lexi-Interact, Lexi-Drug ID, Lexi-IV Compatibility, and many more! If you are a doctor this is a great service to use and there is even an institution version of the app if your hospital subscribes.

Citrix Receiver

by Citrix Systems, Inc.

Citrix is used by thousands of hospitals all across the world. The Citrix Receiver app for the iPad allows you to work in that Citrix environment right on your iPad. The app will show you all of your virtual apps that you can launch right on your iPad and the interface is very intuitive. The app is free and a must have for doctors.

MediMath Medical Calculator

by Evan Schoenberg

MediMath Medical Calculator includes 135 important medical calculations right on your iPad. The app is universal so it will run on your iPhone or iPod touch as well. The calculations will show multiple formats of the result including percent and mortality result. If you do a certain calculation often then you can place it in your favorites area. A full listing of the calculations can be found in the App Store ensuring you have the right calculations for your needs. The app has a great interface and is worth a look.

Tap Forms HD Organizer and Secure Database

by Tap Zapp Software Inc.

Many doctors need to create custom forms for their patients. TapForms is an app that allows you to do just that. The app includes 17 different field types including: link to form, file attachment, email address, GPS info, contact, text, date, time, date/time, number, rating, URL, check mark, note, audio recording, photo and phone number. The app can also search through your forms allowing you to pull up past information quickly. The app is password protected ensuring your patients' data is safe. The app also includes 25 different built-in forms. The app integrates with Dropbox to allow easy file transfers. The app can also export your information as a CSV file to be opened up in Excel or Numbers. If you need custom forms, then Tap Forms HD is a great app for that.

Universal Doctor Speaker for iPad

by Universal Projects and Tools S.L.

If you treat patients in a different language the Doctor Speaker app can be a nice thing to have. The app will allow you to quickly translate common questions and phrases you would ask or tell a patient. These include the reason for visit, medical background, medical records, diagnosis, and treatment. The app is text-based ensuring you won’t mispronounce a word.

MedAbbreviations: Medical Abbreviations Reference

by Evan Schoenberg

If you are a doctor, then this app is a must have. The app contains over 13,000 abbreviations used by doctors and other medical professionals. The app is universal so it will run on both your iPad and your iPhone.

Medical Spanish (with audio)

by Batoul Apps

Medical Spanish provides another great way to communicate with your Spanish-speaking patients. The app includes over 6,000 categorized entries. The app includes questions, instructions, and basic Spanish expressions, directions, vocabulary, conjugation and more. The app is all self-contained so no Internet connection is needed. The app also contains audio recordings allowing your iPad to speak directly to your patients. If you are a doctor struggling with Spanish, then this is a great app for you.

iMeds XL - The Medication Reference

by FDAble LLC

Those that need a great reference for medicine will want to have this app on their iPad. The app contains over 7,300 FDA approved medications. All medications contain full prescribing info. The app has information about dosage, usage, black box warnings, contraindications, adverse reactions, information for patients, supplemental patient material, overdosage, precautions, highlights, clinical studies, and much more. You can search for drugs by drug name, active ingredient, manufacturer, form, or drug class. You can also bookmark the drugs you want to find quickly and email all the info out of the app for use on your iPhone. The app is all self-contained, so this can be done without an internet connection. The app is a great tool for pharmacists or those that need to deal with medicine regularly.