3 smartphone medical apps every physician should have

Physicians are constantly on the lookout for technological solutions that give them the right information at the right time.

Smartphone medical apps can be one solution. But with more than 318,000 available health-related mobile applications, according to a report from the IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science—and new ones being released daily—it can be hard to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Here are the three medical apps that every physician should have on his or her smartphone.

AMA Connect is the best of the AMA, right in the palm of your hand. The free mobile app is available at Google Play or iTunes and provides instant access to AMA tools and resources for earning and tracking CME credits available from the AMA Ed Hub™, including JN Learning™  and STEPS Forward™.

It also connects users to FREIDA™, the AMA Residency & Fellowship Database®. FREIDA allows users to search for a residency or fellowship position from more than 11,000 programs—all accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

The app also features the AMA social media feed and the AMA Members Move Medicine profiles. You can also find AMA podcasts such as “DocTalk,” “Moving Medicine” and “Making the Rounds.”

AMA Connect also has exclusive content for AMA members, including highlights from the TEDMED conference.

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DynaMed Plus® is available for free for 18 months to AMA members and JAMA subscribers at Google Play or iTunes. A reference tool written by physicians, DynaMed Plus provides answers to clinical questions and access to primary medical literature.

Content is added daily and includes thousands of graphics and images. Physicians can write and store notes on the mobile app and use its split-screen view to multitask.

DynaMed Plus offers:

  • Concise, accurate overviews for the most common conditions and evidence-based recommendations for action—all developed by physicians.
  • More than 10,000 images from THE JAMA Network and other valuable content providers.
  • Specialty content, covering thousands of topics in emergency medicine, cardiology, oncology, infectious diseases, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and many other specialties.
  • Links to 2,500 full-text journals (with MEDLINE Complete).

One reviewer wrote about being impressed with the results of a search for the word “sprint.” Not only did the current recommendations for blood-pressure management based on the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT) come up, so did Achilles tendon rupture—a frequent problem for sprinters. 

A brief tutorial on DynaMed Plus is available on YouTube. Sign up for your free trial today.

JN Listen™ is an audio CME app featuring podcasts on peer-reviewed articles published in the JAMA Network journals and also featured on JN Learning. Physicians can earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ by taking quizzes based on the podcasts.

The app tracks credits earned and allows for storing, emailing and printing certificates. App users can listen to the podcasts without a subscription, but will need to register if they want to take the quizzes and earn credit. Learn more.

“I subscribed and then earned a few CME points while doing laundry and cleaning,” one reviewer posted.

This app is only available on iTunes.