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Healthcare Apps Toolkit: Point of Care

The best free or nearly free apps for healthcare including point of care, drug, medical calculators, healthcare specialities, keeping current (browsing tables of content of journals or monitoring RSS feeds), for patients, and for productivity.

Point of Care Apps

Point-of-care decision-making tools are syntheses of evidence whose goal is to make decision-making easier for healthcare providers. The following mobile apps represent some of the most recognized and well regarded of these resources.  A review of other point-of-care tools is available here.

Access Medicine

AccessMedicine Logo

Type of App: Point of Care
Cost: Free
Availability: UM Faculty, Staff, and Students
Access: Mobile friendly website which is optimized to smart phones. An AccessMedicine App is also available with diagnosis tools.

60+ medical titles including Harrison's Online, Tintinalli's Emergency Medicine, Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment, Hurst's The Heart, Goodman & Gilman's The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics, and the Lange educational library series.  Installation instructions:

  1. Go the UM Libraries A to Z Database Listing
  2. Look for the link to Access Medicine in A Section
  3. Bookmark the URL to this mobile friendly website
  4. Alternatively, for iPhones add to your homescreen by tapping on the Sharing Icon and then Add to Home Screen.
  5. Image of iPhone's share icon

 

For the app (includes four Point of Care tools; Quick Medical Diagnosis & Treatment, Fitzpatrick's Clinical Dermatology Atlas, Diagnosaurus, and Guide to Diagnostic Tests): 

  1. Go the UM Libraries A to Z Database Listing
  2. Look for the link to Access Medicine in A Section
  3. Create a free My Access profile in the upper right corner of the screen.
  4. From your app store (iOS, Android), download the free AccessMedicine app. 
  5. Log in with your new My Access credentials

 

Clinical Key

ClinicalKey LogoType of App: Point of Care
Cost: Free
Availability: UM Faculty, Staff, and Students
Access: Using iTunes or Google Play for various smart phones and mobile devices

More than 1000 medical textbooks in all specialties, access to full-text journal articles, procedures videos, practice guidelines and more. Installation instructions:

  1. Go the www.clinicalkey.com
  2. Look for Register link in the upper right corner. Register for an account. Be sure to use your umanitoba.ca or myumanitoba.ca email account during registration.
  3. Once you have registered, click on Remote Access in upper right corner drop down menu
  4. Enter your umanitoba.ca or myumanitoba.ca email address
  5. Visit iTunes or Google Play to download the app. Once installed enter the login and password you created on Clinical Key to activate the app.

 

UpToDate

UpToDate LogoType of App: Point of Care
Cost: Free
Availability: UM Faculty, Staff, and Students; WRHA staff; Manitoba RHA staff
Access: Using iTunes or Google Play for various smart phones and mobile devices

Clinical reference resource designed to provide quick access to synthesized medical information. Mobile app is available to UM faculty, staff and students; WRHA staff; Manitoba RHA. Installation instructions:

Dynamed

DynaMed LogoType of App: Point of Care
Cost: Free
Availability: For Members of the Canadian Medical Association
Access: Using iTunes or Google Play for various smart phones and mobile devices

DynaMed is a clinical reference database with more than 3,100 evidence-based clinical summaries updated daily and intended for use primarily at the point-of-care

Installation instructions for using your Canadian Medical Association membership are available here

Medscape

Medscape logo

Type of AppPoint of Care
Cost: Free
Availability: Anyone
Access: Using iTunes or Google Play

50,000 pages of medically reviewed information updated regularly and organized according to symptoms, injury, disease, and surgery, as well as other categories.  Visit the iTunes or Google Play to install this free app.