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Healthcare Apps Toolkit: Keep Current

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.

Keeping Current Apps

A selection of apps that can help you stay abreast of new developments in medicine.  Browzine and Read are excellent apps for monitoring the journal literature and both give you the option of linking to the fulltext of journals held by the Univeristy of Manitoba Libraries.  

Read: Personalized Medical & Scientific Journal By QxMD (free)

Qx LogoType of App: Keeping Current
Cost: Free

Availability: UM Faculty, Staff, and Students can use their UMNetID and Password to link to fulltext of articles
Access: Using iTunes or Google Play for various smart phones and mobile devices

Browse your favorite journals in your medical specialty or, monitor a topic (keywords) of interest appearing in top journals.  The app enables you to use your institutional login (UMNet ID and Password) to access fulltext of journal articles easily. The app has social integrations, a commenting section, and other features — letting you know the key articles your colleagues are reading.


Browzine logoType of App: Keeping Current
Cost: Free
Availability: UM Faculty, Staff, and Students
Access: Using iTunes or Google Play

Use BrowZine to easily find, read, and monitor thousands of scholarly journals available from the University of Manitoba, or through Open Access publishers, covering all disciplines. Installation instructions:

  1. Go to the iTunes store and download the BrowZine app OR Google Play and download the BrowZine app.
  2. Once installed on your iPhone or iPad, choose University of Manitoba as your Library
  3. Enter your UMNetID and Password
  4. Select Biomedical and Health Sciences to view available journals by medical discipline or specialty
  5. Add journals of interest available from the UM Libraries to your Bookshelf
  6. Link to fulltext of articles from each issue 

Journal Club

Journal Club - logo (stylized j)Type of App: Keeping Current
Cost: $4.99
Availability: Anyone
Access: Using iTunes or Google Play

Provides summaries of landmark clinical trials. Each trial has: bottom line; major points; summary of existing guidelines; study design; population; study interventions; outcomes; criticisms; funding; further reading; and direct links t the paper itself.


Mainport - logo (stylized m)

Type of App: Keeping Current
Cost: Free
Availability: RCPSC members
AccessApple devices only using iTunes

MAINPORT is a web application produced by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for Maintenance of Certification Program participants to document their learning activities, manage their continuing professional development and access learning resources and programs. This free app allows you to enter your CPD activities at any time — at a conference, during Grand Rounds, or between meetings and appointments. 

Centers for Disease Control Mobile App (free)

Type of App: Keeping Current
Cost: Free
Availability: Anyone
Access: Use iTunes or Google Play

Features important health articles, Disease of the Week, popular journals, prevention tips, and updates timed with important health concerns and events from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Includes publications Vital Signs, Preventing Chronic Disease and Emerging Infectious Disease (EID) Journals, MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), and Disease of the Week.

ReachMD Medical Radio (free)

Type of App: Keeping Current
Cost: Free
Availability: Anyone
AccessApple devices only using iTunes

ReachMD MedicalRadio delivers world class medical content from the leader in medical education and information for medical professionals. All programming is broadcast on ReachMD Sirius/XM Satellite Radio Channel XM 167. ReachMD MedicalRadio provides quality peer-to-peer content available in 15-minute programs that cover a broad range of topics for both general practitioners and specialists. For iOS or Blackberry.

Open CME (free)

OpenCME logoType of App: Keeping Current
Cost: Free
Availability: Anyone
AccessApple devices only using iTunes

OpenCME includes medical education from reputable and highly regarded academic institutions and medical societies. Many medical specialties available.

Epocrates CME (free)

CME epocrates - logoType of App: Keeping Current
Cost: Free
Availability: Anyone
Access: Using iTunes and Google Play

Choose from a wide variety of CME activity formats that reflect real-world experiences of health professionals. Virtual Patient Visits and Virtual Grand Rounds integrate authentic decision-making opportunities, peer-to-peer interactions, and expert discussions. You’ll have the opportunity to manage patients over multiple visits and settings, and view how your selections compare with those chosen by the faculty and other participants.

TED Talks (free)

Type of App: Keeping Current
Cost: Free
Availability: Anyone
Access: Using iTunes and Google Play

The official TED app presents talks from some of the world's most fascinating people: education radicals, tech geniuses, medical mavericks, business gurus and music legends. Find more than 1,700 TEDTalk videos (with more added each week)