As the healthcare industry becomes more and more information-laden and regulation-burdened, doctors need all the help they can get to cope.

Fortunately, smartphones come to the rescue with helpful medical apps that can make the medical practitioner’s life somewhat easier.

Here are three apps that you might find useful.

(All apps listed here are available for both iOS and Android.)

Read

Love reading medical journals? Here’s the reader app for you.

Read by QxMD Medical Software allows you to search PubMed; follow research by journal, keyword, or specialty/subspecialty; organize your favourite articles; and share articles with colleagues through Facebook, Twitter, or email.

Isabel

One of the things that define a physician’s level of skill is in the quality of their diagnoses.

Isabel will not diagnose diseases for you, but it gives you all possible diagnoses for the clinical features (such as age, gender, travel history, and symptoms) you entered, so your options are quickly funnelled and, at the same time, you are alerted to other possible diagnoses you may have forgotten about.

The Isabel app is free. However, to access its functionalities, you need to subscribe either weekly ($2.99), monthly ($10.99), or annually ($119.99).

Virtual Practice

As its name implies, this app keeps you connected with your patients even while you’re out of the office.

We all have reasons why we would want to do that on some days (although maybe not every day).

Virtual Practice lets you do video consultations, receive online appointment bookings, answer health questions for a fee, and monitor your patients’ health data, all from the comfort of your mobile phone.

These are just three of many, many available medical apps out there. If you haven’t had the time to explore them yet, take the time.

What you find just may help you learn, diagnose, and communicate with your colleagues and patients faster, leaving you with more time to do other things.

Because contrary to popular belief in the medical industry, there is more to life than healthcare work. MIMS