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medical apps and devices

Free Mobile Apps

  • AHRQ Electronic Preventive Services Selector
    An application designed to help primary care clinicians identify clinical preventive services that are appropriate for their patients. Use the tool to search and browse U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on the web or on your PDA or mobile device.
    Access: Free
  • Epocrates Rx  
    Drug guide that offers information on drug monographs, health plan formularies, drug interaction checker, calculators,
    Access: Free
  • Eponyms (student version)  
    Tool that provides short descriptions of thousands of common and obscure eponyms.
    Access: Free
  • iRadiology
    Lieberman's iRadiology Classics (HMS)- 500+ images, classic radiological findings of a multitude of abnormalities. Access: Free
  • Diagnosaurus 
    Differential diagnosis tool allows users to navigate by diagnosis, symptom, or organ system.
    Access: Free
  • Medscape: WebMD
    Drug reference that includes a drug interaction checker, medical news across 30 specialties, multimedia images and video, and access to continuing medication education activities.
    Access: Free
  • Mobile MerckMedicus 
    Downloads available for The Merck Manual, Professional Edition, Harrison's Practice - Answers on Demand, and the Pocket Guide to Diagnostic Tests.
    Access: Free
  • NCBI Bookshelf 
    Selected texts from the NCBI Bookshelf can be freely downloaded. Titles include Clinical Methods, Genes and Disease, and Medical Microbiology.
    Access: Free
  • EBSCOhost Online Research Databases 
    Access to EBSCOhost databases including CINAHL, Biomedical Reference Complete, MEDLINE, PsycINFO. Access abstracts and citations along with full-text journal articles.
    Access: Institutional subscription paid by UBC Library.

    To install, log in with your UBC CWL account. Select the databases to search in and scroll to the bottom of the database and click on the link for "EBSCOhost iPhone and Android Applications."

Mobile Websites

  • Access Medicine Mobile  
    The AccessMedicine app is available to UBC users. To activate and for continued access to the app, users must have an active My Access account and sign in every 90 days, either on the UBC network or from off campus via EZproxy. Initial signup for the My Access account must occur on the UBC network, or from off-campus through EZproxy.  To sign up for a My Access account, connect to AccessMedicine using the 'Connect to resource' button above (EZproxy sign-in for off-campus users will be automatic), then click on "The University of British Columbia Library" drop-down in the top right. To download the app, please visit the App Store or Google Play
  • BMJ Clinical Evidence
    Clinical Evidence is a database of high-quality, rigorously developed systematic overviews evaluating the benefits and harms of treatments, and offers a suite of EBM resources and training materials.
  • CINAHL Mobile 
    Available for iPhone and Android applications. Log in with your UBC CWL account and then click on the link at the bottom of the page "EBSCOhost iPhone and Android Applications." Enter your UBC email, and you will receive instructions. Authoritative coverage of nursing and allied health literature. Coverage: 1981 - Present. Produced by Ebsco Publishing.
  • Dynamed
    Dynamed is a clinical reference tool created by physicians for physicians and other health care professionals for use at the point-of-care. With clinically-organized summaries for more than 3,200 topics.
  • e-HLBC Free Mobile Resources
    A list of free mobile resources gathered from library subject guides by the Electronic Health Library of British Columbia. Popular titles include: Epocrates Rx, John Hopkins ABX Guides, Medscape and more.
  • MDConsult 
    With instant access to full-text articles from over 80 medical journals and Clinics, 50 leading medical references across a wide range of specialties, clinically relevant drug information, and over 15,000 patient handouts, MD Consult is truly all you need. To access the mobile version, create an account then go to on your mobile device browser and login.
  • Medline (Ebsco)
    Available for iPhone and Android applications. Log in with your UBC CWL account and then click on the link at the bottom of the page "EBSCOhost iPhone and Android Applications." Enter your UBC email, and you will receive instructions. Authoritative coverage of medical health literature. Coverage: 1949 - Present. Produced by Ebsco Publishing.
  • MedlinePlus Mobile  
    A consumer health site developed by the National Library of Medicine with links to health topics, prescription and over-the-counter drug information, a dictionary of medical words, and current health news.
  • PubGet Mobile 
    Searches PubMed content and provides immediate access to available PDFs.
  • PubMed for Handhelds  
    Search PubMed via a mobile-optimized website. PICO search available.
  • Shots 2012  
    Contains childhood, adolescent, catch-up, and adult 2012 immunization schedules and references from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. 
  • TOXNET Mobile  
    Toxicology and hazardous chemicals databases including HSDB, IRIS, ITER, GENE-TOX, CCRIS, TOXLINE, DART/ETIC, TRI, and ChemIDPlus. Sponsored by the National Library of Medicine, through the Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program of its Specialized Information Services Division.
  • STAT!Ref Mobile
    A collection of online texts now available for mobile devices. Access via UBC libraries includes: · AAFP Conditions A to Z (2012) · ACP Medicine · Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – 4th Ed. (DSM-IV-TR™, 2000) · DrugPoints® System · Essentials of Musculoskeletal Care - 4th Ed. (2010) · Red Book®: 2009 Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases (28th edition), · MedCalc3000, · Stedman's Medical Dictionary- 28th edition (2006). 

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Mobile Device Recommendations

The sources below provide some guidance for healthcare professionals when they are deciding which mobile device is best for their needs.

  • Mobile Device Options for Healthcare Professionals  Icon  Icon  Icon  Icon  Icon
    From the Yale Medical Library this page describes the devices that are available and their strengths and weaknesses. The "Other Things to Consider" section discusses optimal data plans, HIPPA compliance, and pricing.
  • CNET Updates Tablet Test Results
    January 2012 test results comparing tablets on the market. Comparisons look at battery life, display, and screen size. Links take you to description of tablets soon to released.
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