In today’s tech-savvy market it’s out of the ordinary if you are not using medical apps in your every day practice. So, I am sure most of you have either seen and/or used the medical/prescribing apps mentioned below. However, just in case you have not and are still grappling with which ones to actually purchase, here is a no-frills review of Epocrates:
- Arguably one of the most useful and universal medical apps on the market.
- Despite the recent update, still a pretty clean, simple user interface.
- New updates = New user-friendly features.
- Quickly check interactions right from the medication information page.
- Access to Guidelines for nearly all Specialties.
- Pill identifier, pill pictures, tables and math equations.
- Provides free empirically-based research articles, as well, as FDA Alerts:
- Empirically-based articles are in all Specialties and currently, there is no way to narrow it down. (see above, but please correct me if I’m wrong.)
- Before the most recent update, the interface was a lot cleaner. Now, it seems convoluted, and a bit cluttered (see below).
- New Features = More expensive. Some of the more useful features have to be unlocked via purchase. We are not talking about 0.99, 1.99, 0r 2.99 like most apps. It is 174.99/year!! That said, if you are willing to shell out the $, or your company will pay for it, this could be the ONLY app you need.
- Guidelines are limited and not all-inclusive. (Specifically, Psychiatry only has 2 available.)
- Marketing advertisement pop-ups.