Below are the 5 best and useful nurse practitioner apps I personally use:
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From apple app store.
The gold standard of all apps. It lives up to its name, this is the go-to app if you want to find “up to date” information on current standards, recommendations, and research. A topic search yields pages upon pages of information. It gives you links to images as well as options to print materials for guidance to your patients or as a reference for your binder. UpTo Date also provides you with the latest search results for drug-to-drug and drug-to-herb interactions. And it even allows you to check for any possible risk and side effect of these interactions. n There are several links that allow for deeper research into what you are looking for. Whether it is diagnosis and treatment, also addressing different types of patient population. It is quite spendy but well worth it.
The app is free to download, however, access to the rest of its functionally starts at $499/yr. You might want to check if your facility has it. Most of the time, you can access it through your EHR. If they do, check with your IT person for mobile access. If this option is available for you, definitely get mobile access as it adds another layer of convenience. One bonus with this app is if you are registered, it tracks your searches and enables you to earn CME credits through these searches. I’ve been using UpTo Date app ever since I can remember and I find it very useful. It’s been a big help in my clinical practice.
Available for iOS and Android. User-friendly with an easy to navigate layout. It provides a clear and concise information. I use it for quick med look up such as looking up drug information and reactions, recommended dosings, pill pictures, and even pricing. It has other features such as integration with Athena, saving medications to a favorites area and looking up labs. While Epocrates is free, access to additional content such as lab guides, etc..requires purchase of the app which is currently $174.99/year
I find Epocrates very helpful, I’ve been using it for more than 7 years now and now I can’t work without it. Epocrates is free, but of course, the free feature is a bit limited, but if you choose to subscribe it’s only $175.00 per year, it’s cheaper than other apps. Epocrates may be cheaper but I find it very dependable and reliable.
I also like the notification feature of Epocrates. I get timely updates about medical news, clinical alerts, tips, and even government safety alerts. It’s a nice feature if you ask me. It’s also nice that through Epocrates you can access both national and regional healthcare insurance formularies and you can even get discounts for some drugs. Epocrates also has a “Favorites” feature so you can quickly access your most-used tools, I find that very handy.
Epocrates also has its own calculator like other expensive apps. With Epocrates you can easily calculate doses, look and check drug interactions and side effects. To add, Epocrates also has a wide list of alternative medicines. I also find the summarized table of drug information and guidelines really nice, it’s simple, short and precise there are no long articles.
3. AHRQ ePSS Electronic Preventive Services Selector
The Electronic Preventive Services Selector (ePSS) is an application designed and developed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). And I find it quite useful and helpful plus it’s free! This app was created to help primary care clinicians and I can certify you that it is doing its purpose. I have been using this app for a while now and I appreciate it. It helps me fulfill my tasks as a Nurse Practitioner. With this app I can easily identify the preventive services appropriate for my patients.
To add, ePSS has many helpful tools like the BMI calculator and a scoring system for osteoporosis. For me, the scoring system is very helpful. I am using it for most of my patients. AHRQ ePSS is compatible with all major browsers and you can use it on any device as well. To add, you can also print the articles and notes on AHRQ ePSS so you can keep them handy or give them as a copy to your patients, especially our older patients who prefer paper. One con I can identify with this app is its long loading time.
4. Lab Values Medical Reference
by Hipposoft LLC.
Lab Values Medical Reference is a simple and straightforward lab values app for me. This has become the first app I go to to check for lab values. This app has been very helpful since my clinical rotations and carries its usefulness even now when I’m in practice. I use this app daily. It saves me time from doing research or calling the lab. This will be the best $2.99 you will ever spend on an app.
Sometimes you just need to tune out, clear your head from the business around you. I love Pandora, especially when charting. I’ve been using this app for a few years now and I am still using the free version. I have pondered switching to the paying version to avoid advertisements.
Here are the features you get with the paid version. You can choose the “add similar songs” option. With this option, Pandora picks songs relevant to the ones you previously chose and create a personalized playlist for you.
Additionally, Pandora takes all the songs and albums you gave thumbs up. It collects those songs and creates a playlist so you can easily listen to your favorite songs. The sound quality of Pandora is also, and there’s a wide range of genre you can choose from. And since Pandora takes your comments, skips, and thumbs up into consideration, it can provide updates for every new song of the genre you like.
What apps do you use? Are there any apps you can’t live without? Please share them in the comments below.