Medical Apps in Pediatrics

Essential Apps for your Mobile Device

From keeping track of patients and writing prescriptions to reading your favorite medical journals, there are almost certainly more than a few medical apps to help you get through your day a little more efficiently.

Learn which medical apps are available and should be on every pediatrician's iPad and iPhone.

BiliTool

BiliTool can help you monitor a newborn's risk from jaundice.
BiliTool can help you monitor a newborn's risk from jaundice. Photo by Vincent Iannelli, MD

BiliTool isn't an app. It's a website that uses the latest AAP guidelines to help you figure out if newborns are low risk, intermediate risk, or high risk from hyperbilirubinemia. Enter the baby's age and total bilirubin and get the baby's risk stratification and any guidelines for phototherapy.

Although not available as an app, if you go to their website in Safari, you can easily add the page to your home screen, so that you don't have to manually launch your browser and find the site's bookmark.

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LactMed app

The LactMed app helps you to confirm which drugs are safe to take while a mom is breastfeeding.
The LactMed app helps you to confirm which drugs are safe to take while a mom is breastfeeding. Photo by Vincent Iannelli, MD

The LactMed Drugs and Lactation Database from the U.S. National Library of Medicine is an easy to use reference about which drugs are safe to use while breastfeeding. And more importantly, it offers clear advice on which drugs to avoid and safer alternatives. From antibiotics and allergy medications to drugs for depression, the Lactmed app provides a handy reference for pediatricians and other doctors who give advice to breastfeeding mothers.

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Pedi QuikCalc

Pedi QuikCalc does all of your common pediatric calculations for you.

From calculating BMI and mid-parental height to changes in a child's weight from visit to visit (handy for newborns who are losing weight), this app does it all.

It also includes drug dosage calculators, BP percentile calculator, growth chart percentile calculator, and can figure out IV rates for you.

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Monthly Prescribing Reference

The Monthly Prescribing Reference or MPR is a go to drug formulary for many pediatricians.
 

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Allscripts ePrescribe app

Choose medicines from your list of favorites or from the drug formulary.
Choose medicines from your list of favorites or from the drug formulary. Photo by Vincent Iannelli, MD

The Allscripts ePrescribe app allows you to prescribe new medications and authorize refills for your patients on your iPhone or iPad, without writing a paper prescription or having to call a pharmacy.

Parents like when you use the Allscripts ePrescribe app because they don't have to drop off the script at the pharmacy, pharmacists like it, because they don't have to try and decipher what the doctor was trying to prescribe, and your staff will probably like it too, as they won't have requests to call in scripts anymore. The app is free, but you will want a subscription to ePrescribe Deluxe to use all of the features.

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AAP News app

Get your AAP News on your iPhone or iPad.
Get your AAP News on your iPhone or iPad. Photo by Vincent Iannelli, MD

Read AAP News, the official news magazine of the American Academy of Pediatrics on your iPhone or iPad.

The AAP News app includes current and past issues of AAP News, a news feed, and it saves your favorite bookmarks from each issue.

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CDC apps

Stay up-to-date with what is going at the CDC with their app.
Stay up-to-date with what is going at the CDC with their app. Photo courtesy of Vincent Iannelli, MD

The official apps from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention can help you stay up to date on vaccines, flu, concussions, STD treatments, tickborne diseases, and look up safety statistics.

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Epocrates Rx app

Looking up drug pricing is a nice feature of the Epocrates app.
Looking up drug pricing is a nice feature of the Epocrates app. Photo by Vincent Iannelli, MD

Epocrates Rx is a free drug reference or formulary with information on prescription and OTC drugs, including drug interactions and pediatric drug dosing.

The app even lets you check drug pricing to see what common drugs cost and helps you find lower cost generics, when appropriate.

Keep in mind that you do have to view DocAlerts that are sponsored by pharmaceutical companies to use the free drug databases.

GoodRx

GoodRx helps you find the lowest cost prescription medications for your patients. It also gives you access to money saving coupons that you can give your patients, even for generic drugs.

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Infant Risk Center

The Infant Risk app helps you determine which drugs are safe for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.
The Infant Risk app helps you determine which drugs are safe for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. Photo courtesy Vincent Iannelli, MD

Get access to over 20,000 prescription and non-prescription medications to see if they are safe during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Although the app isn't free, like LactMed, it does have the benefit of a clear rating system that tells you if a medicine is safest, safer, probably safe, possibly hazardous, or hazardous.

You can also see safety information by trimester or stage of breastfeeding or search by condition to see a list of safe medicines. And if you still need help, call the Infant Risk Center for more advice.

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UpToDate Mobile app

Stay UpToDate on your iPhone or iPad.
Stay UpToDate on your iPhone or iPad. Photo by Vincent Iannelli, MD

The UpToDate Mobile app gives you access to your UpToDate subscription on your iPad or iPhone.

Find out what's new, including the latest guidelines in pediatrics, or search for information and advice on just about any other medical topic you can think of, from treating ear infections the contraindications for a kidney transplant. The UpToDate Mobile app also gives you easy access to all of the UpToDate calculators, including maintenance fluid calculations, BMI and blood pressure percentiles, and a height predictor.

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Converter Plus app

Convert temperatures and weights on your iPhone or iPad.
Convert temperatures and weights on your iPhone or iPad. Photo by Vincent Iannelli, MD

Converter Plus is a handy unit converter that can convert area, energy, speed, and force units and almost anything else you can think of.

Pediatricians will find the ability to easily convert temperature and weight units the most useful.

It also includes a BMI calculator, a Gradient tool, Tip Calculator, and the ability to make your own templates to do just about any conversions and calculations you want.

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Medscape app

The Medscape app.
The Medscape app. Photo by Vincent Iannelli, MD

Like Epocrates Rx, the Medscape app includes a drug reference library, with pediatric dosing, and drug interaction checker, but also includes clinical information on over 4,000 diseases and conditions and a guide to common procedures and protocols.

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Care360 app

Check labs at Quest Diagnostics on your iPhone or iPad.
Check labs at Quest Diagnostics on your iPhone or iPad. Photo by Vincent Iannelli, MD

Most medical apps on your iPhone or iPad will simply save you a trip to your office to look something up in a book. While helpful, if you want to do something really cool, get the Care360 app from Quest Diagnostics. Even without using the EMR parts of the app, with a username and password from Quest, you can look up any recent labs that you have ordered from Quest Diagnostics.

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LabCorp Beacon Mobile

The LabCorp Beacon Mobile app lets you view test results from LabCorp on your iPhone or iPad.
The LabCorp Beacon Mobile app lets you view test results from LabCorp on your iPhone or iPad. Photo by Vincent Iannelli, MD

Like the Care360 app from Quest Diagnostics, LabCorp Beacon lets you look up recent lab results on your patients who went to LabCorp to have a test done. Looking up lab results on your iPhone or iPad comes in handy when you aren't in the office or if you are seeing a patient and the results haven't made it to the chart yet. You can also quickly scan for alerts or critical lab values, just in case you missed the call from the lab.

Although the LabCorp Beacon Mobile app is free, you do need a username and password to use it. Call your LabCorp rep to help you get one or use the User Name "user" and Password "pass" to try a demo of the app.

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Pediatrics app

Read the latest issue of Pediatrics.
Read the latest issue of Pediatrics. Photo by Vincent Ianneli, MD

Read abstracts from Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics on your iPhone or iPad.

The Pediatrics app includes current and past issues of Pediatrics, a news feed, and it saves your favorite bookmarks from each issue. You can even read early release articles from next month's issue, as they are released each week.

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Kno app

Hurwitz Clinical Pediatric Dermatology in Kno on my iPad.
Hurwitz Clinical Pediatric Dermatology in Kno on my iPad. Photo by Vincent Iannelli, MD

Kno is an app that lets you read etextbooks on your iPad.

Although there are other options for reading pediatric textbooks on your iPhone or iPad, Kno is becoming popular because of the extra features that make it easy to search, save, and highlight text.

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PubMed on Tap app

Search for journal articles with PubMed on Tap.
Search for journal articles with PubMed on Tap. Photo by Vincent Iannelli, MD

In medical school, it is easy to look up and read almost any medical journal you want, as most of them are right there and you are often in the library.

It gets a little harder in and after residency when you don't necessarily have time for a trip to the medical school library every time you want to read about something. PubMed on Tap makes it easy again, giving you access to PubMed and all of their MEDLINE journals. Of course, you will need extra privileges to read the full-text articles of many of the journals.

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Shots app

The child immunization schedule from the Shots app.
The child immunization schedule from the Shots app. Photo by Vincent Iannelli, MD

Having a reference for the 2011 immunization schedule on your iPod or iPhone can be helpful, especially if a child has missed one or more shots.

The Shots app by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine provides the child, adolescent, and adult immunization schedules from the CDC, in addition to the Catch Up schedules for kids.

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Doximity

Doximity is an online social networking service for doctors that allows that to communicate with each other via HIPAA secure messaging and eFax.

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Pediatric Care Online app

Get access to your Pediatric Care Online subscription.
Get access to your Pediatric Care Online subscription. Photo by Brandon Betancourt

The Pediatric Care Online app provides access to the Pediatric Care Online service from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Requiring a yearly subscription, Pediatric Care Online includes a pediatric drug reference, the Bright Futures Guide, an Antimicrobial Therapy Guide, and more.

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Eye Test app

A handy color vision test with the Eye Test app.
A handy color vision test with the Eye Test app. Photo by Vincent Iannelli, MD

Although the Eye Test app includes a Snellen Eye chart to test visual acuity, it also includes a set of Color Tests that you can use to screen for color blindness.

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Merck Medicus app

Merck Medicus includes drug monographs and ICD-9 codes in addition to other handy information.
Merck Medicus includes drug monographs and ICD-9 codes in addition to other handy information. Photo by Vincent Iannelli, MD

The Mobile Merck Medicus App includes several helpful clinical resources, including The Merck Manual, Harrison's Practice, and the Pocket Guide to Diagnostic Tests.

Harrison's Practice is useful, as it includes a symptom guide, ICD-9 codes, and drug monographs.

pediatric SUPERSITE app

View the latest journals from the Pediatric Supersite.
View the latest journals from the Pediatric Supersite. Photo by Vincent Iannelli, MD

This is the app for the pediatric supersite, which is the home of the journals Infectious Diseases in Children and Pediatric Annals.

You can read news, blogs, select articles from other pediatric journals, and the current issue of their journals.

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PLoS Reader

PLoS Reader for PLoS Journals
PLoS Reader for PLoS Journals. Photo by Vincent Iannelli, MD

The PLoS Reader app allows you to read articles from the PLoS Journals on your iPad. The Public Library of Science (PLoS) publishes seven peer-reviewed open-access journals, including PLoS Medicine, PLoS Genetics, PLoS Pathogens, and PLoS ONE, which covers all areas of science and medicine, including pediatrics.

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ScienceDirect app

Read your Science Direct journals on your iPad.
Read your Science Direct journals on your iPad. Photo by Vincent Iannelli, MD

The ScienceDirect app allows you to find and read journal articles and books from Elsevier, at least the ones that you are subscribed to. It is a great resource if you have access, as titles include The Journal of Pediatrics, Pediatric Clinics of North America, and Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, etc.

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Micromedex Drug Information app

Micromedex Drug Information app
Micromedex Drug Information app. Photo by Vincent Iannelli, MD

A simple drug formulary. Look up drugs by name or class. Some health care providers may like that it doesn't have all of the extras of ePocrates and Medscape when all you want to do is look up a drug's dose or how it is supplied.

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PCalc Lite Calculator

PCalc is a simple RPN calculator.
PCalc is a simple RPN calculator. Photo by Vincent Iannelli, MD

Many doctors with a science background get used to using an RPN calculator in college. Even if you don't still have your HP scientific calculator or even need a programmable calculator anymore, you can still get an RPN calculator on your iPhone or iPad with PCalc Lite.

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