While your own medical knowledge is essential to treating your patients well for the best outcomes, today there are plenty of great online resources translated into apps that can make your daily work easier than ever. Apps can help you check your knowledge to make sure you are not guessing, help you diagnose patients quickly, keep you up-to-date with new drugs and research and help you provide great patient education. Overall, each of the following apps will help you become a more efficient medical provider, giving your patients the most accurate and safest possible care.


Epocrates was one of the first apps created for doctors and nurses and remains a favorite in the health care field. Not only does it give you plenty of information about medications, herbal remedies and supplements, but also it lets you connect with other practitioners for patient referrals through a unique texting system called Athena.

Available on Google Play and the App Store


Medscape is great for doctors, nurses and others providing direct medical care to patients. This app contains information on drugs, helps you identify medications, gives you handy dosing calculators, provides you with pictures and descriptions of numerous diseases, lets you access continuing education and keep you up-to-date with medical news. It even gives you a listing of physicians and pharmacies around the country.

Available on Google Play and the App Store

Nurse’s Pocket Guide

The Nurse’s Pocket Guide is all you will need to create nursing care plans customized to your patients’ unique needs. It includes information and nursing diagnoses for over 400 medical conditions along with NIC and NOC labels.

Available on Google Play and the App Store

Taber’s Medical Dictionary

This popular dictionary no longer has to collect dust on your shelf now that you can hold it in the palm of your hand. Frequently updated, this dictionary app has over 65,000 definitions of medical terms, diseases and more along with plenty of photographs and audio pronunciations.

Available on Google Play and the App Store

Harrison’s Manual with Rx DDx Tx

This bundled app will save you plenty of money by combining several popular reference materials in one handy place. Not only will you get Harrison’s Manual, but also you will have offline access to the Dr. Drugs drug guide, MobileDDx, Skyscape Labs and Skyscape Clinical Calculator.

Available on Google Play and the App Store


Are you ever worried that you may not be providing the most up-to-date information or treatments to your patients based on recent research? UpToDate does just what it says by keeping you apprised of the most recent findings and recommendations in the medical world.

Available on Google Play and the App Store

Although apps should never take the place of your medical knowledge or the hands-on care that you provide your patients, they can help you take your medical practice to the next level by giving you thousands of pages of information in a tiny electronic format. With a few taps of your fingers, you can find the information that you need to provide high-quality care while decreasing patient mortality. Ask others on your unit which apps are their favorites from this list, or just start with one or two apps to see what helps you most.