Apps for Medical Librarians #MedLibs

Last night, in the #MedLibs chat on Twitter, there was a conversation about benefits of librarians going on rounds with the doctors (shorter stay, reduced mortality, increased patient safety, reduced costs) (bibliography from “Librarians on the Front Lines“).

A side conversation about our favorite apps took on its own life. I wanted to collect all my notes in one place for easy reference, so when I have more time I can come back to download any of the apps I don’t already have. Here we go!

Sensitivity Specificity App for iPad

Sensitivity & Specificity
($0.99) iTunes | Google Store | Amazon

NOTE: This turned out to be false. Info was based on this review, which included a link to the app in iTunes, but the link is now broken and the app is no longer listed on the developers blog. No explanation given. Great idea, though!

Eponyms app on iPad

Free student version iTunes | Android | Github | Based on Andrew Yee’s Medical Eponym page

First Consult iPad app
First Consult iPad app, example

First Consult Free iTunes

NOTE: The Pocket Consult app? Unfindable in the iTunes store, and according to AppFinder was removed. It is available for Android devices here and is listed as available direct from the publisher for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad at the cost of $64.99.

MD Consult (book)


AHRQ: Electronic Preventive Services Selector (ePSS): Free (iTunes | Other)

NOTE: I would have included a screenshot that showed actual content, except the app crashed at this point every time I opened it on the 1st generation iPad I use.

Not mentioned in the chat was PubMed for Handhelds. I’m sure that is because it needed no mention, since every medical librarian with a mobile device has surely already added this app. Except for those like me, who have older devices with older operating systems. Aside from that, of course. Lucky for me, the website for the app is a mobile accessible equivalent, so I can get by fine without the actual app.


Pubmed for Handhelds: Free (iTunes | Android)

Oh, and another thing we talked about a lot last night? Generating PICO format questions. And the Pubmed4HH app includes a PICO search interface.

Pubmed4HH PICO

It all comes full circle.

UPDATE, February 8, 2:30pm

It turns out I was looking in the wrong place for the Pocket Medicine “app.” Here’s the real scoop.

Want more?

Top 10 free iPad Medical Apps, by Iltifat Hussein | June 11, 2012.

Apple’s top 80 apps for doctors, nurses, patients. By Brian Dolan | Nov 27, 2012.


2 responses to “Apps for Medical Librarians #MedLibs

  1. Reblogged this on Kevin the Librarian and commented:
    Excellent list of medical apps for medical librarians.I would also add some of the other NLM apps that are useful here: I’m also a big fan of Medscape, Epocrates and Skyscape and have found that many physicians like them too.


    • Yep, I absolutely agree. This post was long enough already, so I was planning to save those for two later posts, one a part two, and the third on drug apps. For this post, I focused specifically on what was recommended by the community in conversation during the Thursday evening #medlibs Twitter chats. This was an especially useful one! Maybe we’ll see you there sometime, @readkev. 🙂


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