Mobile medical apps have become a prominent part of many doctors’ practices. From viewing x-ray results to tracking symptoms and vital statistics, these apps help doctors to diagnose, monitor and treat many common diseases.
Apple's App Store now features an entire collection dedicated to “Apps for healthcare professionals”, and the NHS also offers a library of apps that have been reviewed by medical experts to ensure they are clinically safe.
The prevalence of smartphones and tablets has enabled doctors to take advantage of increasingly flexible access to medical information. Health libraries commonly report that loans of printed material are declining, while subscriptions to electronic books and journals are increasing.
However, the recent growth of biomedical information has left many clinicians suffering from information overload, unable to sort the wheat from the chaff as the knowledge base continues to expand. Doctors need quick and easy access to quality information resources to be able to make informed decisions regarding patient care.
Mobile apps that enable doctors to quickly reference medical research are paving the way for a digital revolution in healthcare