Teaching EMS providers & other public safety pros about using mobile tech to improve their practice, patient care, continuing education, scene safety, general entertainment, & productivity.
By Christopher Matthews
Reprinted with permission from The Unwired Medic
Looking for an all-in-one reference for your medical practice? Allow me to suggest Medscape Mobile. The apps and website feature content reviewed by over 7,000 peer-reviewers, and it is updated frequently so you needn’t worry about pulling info that is out-of-date. Medscape’s mobile apps feature a smorgasbord of reference tools.
• Drug references
o Includes a drug interaction checker
o Also includes a formulary reference (a perk for prescribers)
• Evidence-based disease & condition references
• Medical news by specialty
• CME Courses
• 129 different medical calculators
• Access to MEDLINE
• Procedure reference
o includes instructions on how to perform 1,000+ clinical procedures, with video demos
• Medical dictionary, for when you have conversations with people like Rogue Medic
• Save and Share feature for articles, meds, or whatever you find that is worth passing on to another provider.
There is an option to download reference materials for offline use, which is of great benefit when you work in areas with spotty coverage or worse (gah!), NO coverage (ugh!).
• Kindle Fire (and other compatible Android devices via Amazon Appstore)
Sorry, but I just can’t see recommending a Windows Phone or Blackberry for public safety use. There are far too many good apps like this one that aren’t and probably won’t ever be available on these platforms. That’s a shame too, because I like to play around on my Windows Phone and it is evolving into a decent smartphone platform. You can also access the app’s information from the website.
Medscape is part of the WebMD family of brands, which also includes the popular WebMD (which has its own apps, located at http://www.webmd.com/mobile, more geared to the lay-person than the professional), plus eMedicineHealth and MedicineNet.
It is priced to fit even the struggling EMT scholar’s budget. It’s free. No subscription is necessary. Just register for an account when you download the app or visit their website. I also get a couple of newsletters sent to my inbox. It’s amazing how often I have found an article from the newsletter and it points right to a subject that is drawing attention in EMS or to a patient encounter I recently had.
If you are in EMS, critical care, or primary care, this is one tool you don’t want to pass up on getting your hands on.
Note: This is an unsolicited app review. No compensation was provided by Medscape for the content of this post.