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The Best (Near) Free Medical Apps

Epocrates Rx http://www.epocrates.com/ The quickest drug database with: a drug interaction program, pill identification with pictures and descriptions, dosing calculator, formulary lists, and basic drug pharmacology. (The free version does not include herbals.) There is an option to buy a subscription for the integrated clinical content from the British Medical Journal Point of Care, as Epocrates Essentials. This is provided to Emory students without additional charge.

Diagnosaurus http://books.mcgraw-hill.com/medical/diagnosaurus/index.html Wonderful e-book on differential diagnosis. Offers a quick and easy review to make sure you are thinking of all the possibilities. Over one thousand diagnosis listed by presenting symptoms, disease or body system. 

Skyscape http://www.skyscape.com The leader in medical e-books for smartphones and PDAs, with subscriptions for sale in every specialty. Emory students can receive a 25% discount at www.Skyscape.com/EmoryPA. Drug references, guidelines, monographs, and calculators, including

  • Archimedes medical calculations
  • CheckRx drug interaction checker
  • Outlines in Clinical Medicine(OCM), a comprehensive, internal medicine resource
  • Rxdrugs drug reference and dosing calculator

Medscape Mobile http://www.medscape.com Medical reference and drug database with over 7,000 prescription, over-the–counter, and herbal drugs. Feature include: drug interaction checker supporting multiple entries, dosing interaction, side effect, pharmacology and cost information; quick review disease section, clinical procedure and protocol section. CME offering using case presentations. 

Micromedex Drug Information http://truvenhealth.com/our-solutions/products/mobile2#alphaTab10 Extensive drug database with detailed information including pharmacokinetics, monitoring, toxicology and patient education teaching pearls. 

Summary

  • Quickest drug dose lookup with best dose calculator – Epocrates Rx
  • Best drug lookup on a formulary – Epocrates Rx
  • Best pill identification by size and color – Epocrates Rx
  • Best disease reference –  Medscape
  • Best reference for disease and drug information including interactions (herbals included) – Medscape 
  • Most extensive drug information – Micromedex 
  • Best differential diagnosis review – Diagnosaurus

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