Apple's top 80 apps for doctors, nurses, patients

By Brian Dolan
03:45 am


Our Definition: Apps intended to be used by nurses, but many of the apps in the section appear to target other clinicians as users, too.

Voalte One for iPhone

Voalte One for iPhone

Voalte One

"Voalté One is designed to be a unified communications solution enabling phone calls across the hospital VoIP system, text messaging via the user directory, and user-friendly alarm management. With Voalté, caregivers can receive and respond to alarms dispatched by over 200 hospital systems and devices - optimizing workflow and improving patient satisfaction and safety."


"Medigram for iPhone is the easiest way for healthcare professionals to share information and collaborate anytime, anywhere. Medigram is a HIPAA-compliant group communication app."

MedCalc (medical calculator)

MedCalc gives you easy access to complicated medical formulas, scores, scales and classifications. Each formula has been individually designed and optimized for the small iPhone screen.

Nursing Central

"Nursing Central helps nurses and students find detailed information on diseases, tests, drugs, and procedures. The moment a question arises you can consult the automatically updating database of 5,000 drugs, find a definition in the dictionary with more than 60,000 entries, interpret hundreds of lab and diagnostic tests, and consult the latest disease information. You can also keep up with your favorite nursing journals with tables of contents, citations, and abstracts delivered directly to your device."

NurseTabs: MedSurg

"This application allows novice nurses and nursing students to search for over 340 common diseases and disorders, separated by body system. Once the disease/ disorder is selected, the user will be able to have useful information right at their fingertips, including a nursing process approach to managing client care. There are simple explanations of what each of the diseases/ disorders are and common assessment findings associated with them."

The Merck Manuals for Mobile + Web

"The Merck Manuals deliver trusted disease management information to any iOS device and the web. Choose The Merck Manual for Mobile and Web standalone app or bundle it with the Merck Manual of Patient Symptoms and Davis’s Drug Guide to create a versatile point-of-need solution."

NurseTabs: Fundamentals

"This app allows novice nurses and nursing students to access over 120 skills and procedures separated by topic areas learned through fundamental nursing courses. Once the user selects the skill, they will be presented with equipment they will need to perform the procedure and a step-by-step approach to performing the procedure safely. In addition, users will have access to basic information related to common subject matter learned in fundamentals courses to utilize in the clinical setting."

#1 Lab Values Reference

"#1 Lab Value Reference App was organized intuitively for Medical Professionals and contains 375 common and uncommon lab values."

Shots by STFM

"SHOTS by STFM is an up-to-date digital immunization reference. Perfect for clinicians, teachers, and health care providers or for anyone who need quick answers to tough vaccination questions."


"PatientTouch is a Mobile Care Orchestration solution that enables you to orchestrate people, processes, and data in real time. By connecting frontline clinicians to their patients, care team, and existing EHR infrastructure, PatientTouch improves safety, quality, efficiency, and nursing satisfaction, while reducing costs. Ultimately, PatientTouch allows you to spend more time on direct patient care. PatientTouch delivers Positive Patient Identification (PPID) workflows, clinically contextual communications, and configurable care interventions."

NCSBN Learning Extension Medication Flashcards

"Preparing for NCLEX? Discover a simpler way to master drug information as part of your NCLEX review. Study thousands of drugs grouped into manageable categories, all with common actions and effects. Quickly access interesting facts about medications that will stick with you as you prepare for NCLEX."


"In addition to detailed monographs on drugs and other clinical topics, Lexicomp’s iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch software provides access to hundreds of images, charts, tables and calculators, all available without a cellular or wifi connection, so you’re never stuck for answers again."


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