Because of the iTunes’ AppStore’s popularity, trying to pin down the Top Ten Free Apps in a given category is like trying to shoot a moving target.

By popular request, I decided to create a post with the best iPhone and iPad apps for medical students and healthcare professionals.

Without further ado, here is your list of the best medical iPhone and iPad apps for physicians and medical students.

Top 10 Medical Apps iPhone

Sleep for iPhone

Sleep for iPhone

by By Red Hammer Software
370 Ratings
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Sleep is a customizable soundboard with 100 relaxing sounds of nature and ambient music. The app has ability to combine different sounds (including your own), specify different volume levels and save your combination.

The Sleep is number one paid Medical app in many countries including US, UK, Germany, Canada, Ireland etc

Using Sleep app you can:
Reduce stress,
Sleep and feel better,
Prepare for meditation,
Use for spa ambiance or physiotherapy and much more.

* Completely customizable. Create your own combination from 96 possible sounds save them and use later.

* Every sound in the soundboard has its own volume control.

* iOS 4 background audio support. Play our relaxing sounds while youre using other apps.

* Digital Clock Display with amazing pictures of nature.

* Both Night timers have Fade Out feature.

* Ability to play and combine your iPod music library with our sounds. Mix you favorite jazz melody with gentle sound of rain or combine

* Improved visual help system; we provide a screenshot for every step you can have a question with.

* The app features additional 30 beautiful pictures of nature, which you can save to your Photo library and use as wallpapers (iPhone Only).c

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Sleep (by KyreanNightblood)
Out of all my apps, I use this one the most. This is great for helping drown out all the little noises that keep me up (my favorite is brown noise) and the more detailed sounds are great for meditation and visualization. One thing that I have problems with is that the natural sounds get a metallic tone when played through the iPhone speakers, but you can easily get around that by using headphones or earbuds
Great selection (by Miss.Kittie)
This app has a great sound selection – way better than my other $5 relax app. The quality is much better, too. I just have a favour to ask the developers though – could you add the sound of the call to prayer? When I spent time in Egypt and woke up to five or six mosques doing that it was the most relaxing thing in the world. I’ve been searching for an app with it in there, but can’t find one. Pretty please?
iPharmacy - Pill Identifier and Medication Guide for iPhone

iPharmacy – Pill Identifier and Medication Guide for iPhone

by By SigmaPhone LLC
1020 Ratings
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– “Best iPhone App for Prescription Reference” in the O’Reilly book “Best iPhone Apps”,

– Expand drug library to cover 20,000 medication guide
– Expand image library to include 12,000 pill and package images
– Expand Pill Identifier to recognize 30,000 pills by imprint, color and shape!
– Expand NDC library to recognize 200,000 NDC codes
– An essential medication guide of 20,000+ drugs for consumers & professionals!

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It is an iDoctor! (by vkalapp)
Great app with most of the medicines in their database! A better description of the incredients inside the drugs, and I like the medicine checking pattern. Really well made with the factors like colors, shapes, etc.
Excellent App! (by vyakkund)
As a pharmacist, this is a great app for finding drug information and for identifying unknown
medications in my work. It’s also a great app for any medical professional or anyone who wants to know more
about medications.
Instant ECG: An Electrocardiogram Rhythms Interpretation Guide for iPhone

Instant ECG: An Electrocardiogram Rhythms Interpretation Guide for iPhone

by By iAnesthesia LLC
616 Ratings
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Best Electrocardiogram App for the iPhone – INSTANT ECG
Over 140 Exam Questions to test your Electrocardiogram knowledge and interpretation
Reference Netter Images of the Heart, it’s blood supply, MI correlation to the ECG, and myocardial action potential
An ECG Basics section will help teach electrocardiogram interpretation

iAnesthesia also develops other point-of-care solutions:
Pedi Safe: ICU, OR, ED Medications
Drug Infusion: An IV Medication Calculator
Case Logs: A Surgical & Anesthetic Logbook
Instant ECG: An Electrocardiogram Interpretation Guide

Instant ECG was designed as an ECG guide for physicians, nurses, paramedics and other health care professionals. It is an excellent learning tool as well as a quick reference.

ECGs included:
Normal Sinus Rhythm (NSR)
Sinus Tachycardia
Sinus Bradycardia
Sinus Pause
Atrial Flutter
Atrial Fibrillation
Wandering Atrial Pacemaker
1st Degree AV Block
2nd Degree Wenckebach
2nd Degree Mobitz II
3rd Degree AV Block
Wolff-Parkinson White (WPW)
Junction Rhythm
Premature Ventricular Contraction (PVC)

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Good, but not great (by Chris Torstenson)
The user interface is absolutely beautiful! My problem with it is that it’s just too limited in the rhythms it has to offer (e.g. no SVT). I would say it’s worth a dollar or two, and I’d even splurge for $3, but the fact that this is a sale?

I recommend ECG guide. It doesn’t have as beautiful an interface as Instant ECG, but the content is much richer. ECG interpret is also a good one with a nice interface and good content.

~ Patagon, paramedic
A steal (by BHA)
An excellent app for student, resident or attending. I highly reccomend it.
MedCalc (medical calculator) for iPhone

MedCalc (medical calculator) for iPhone

by By Mathias Tschopp & Pascal Pfiffner
5232 Ratings
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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.

Main features:
A very large ( > 200) selection of relevant formulas, scores, scales and classifications
Detailed information and bibliographic references for each formula
Support for US and SI units, with easy switching from the keypad
Custom overlaid controls: no sliding in and out to input values
Search for equations by name or keywords
Customizable list of favorite equations

Formulas, scores and classifications include (not exhaustive):
A-a O2 Gradient and Ratio
ABCD2 Score
Abbreviated Mental Test
Absolute Neutrophil Count
ADO Index
Allowable Blood Loss
Alvarado Score
Anion Gap (serum,urine)
Aphasia Classification
ASA Classification
Basal Energy Expenditure
Bicarbonate Deficit
Bishop Score
Blatchford Score
BODE Index
Body Mass Index
Body Surface Area
Burn Area
Canadian C-Spine Rule
Canadian CT Head Rule
Cardiac Output (echo)
Cardiac Output (Fick)
Cardiac Valve Area (Gorlin)
CHADS2 Score
Change In Serum Na
Child-Pugh Classification
Clin. Pulm. Infection Score
Cormack Classification
Corrected Ca (Albumin, Protein)
Corr. Phenytoin (Albumin)
Corrected Na (glucose, lipids, protein)
Corticosteroids Equivalence
CURB-65 Score
CVC Optimal Positioning
and many more…

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Baby Connect: track, log, share your child activities for iPhone

Baby Connect: track, log, share your child activities for iPhone

by By Seacloud Software
590 Ratings
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“This app is truly the most comprehensive way to log a child’s daily activities” – lilsugar.com

You can record feedings, nursing, naps, diapers, milestones, pumping, but also the babys mood, temperature, what kind of game hes playing, his gps location, and attach pictures. A web interface is also accessible for free at www.baby-connect.com from any browser, so your nanny or daycare doesn’t need an iphone to view and enter information about your baby.
You can compare with previous day and previous week averages, and view the data on graphs to identify trends. You can view when was the last medicine or vaccine. You can also track weight, height, and head size, compare with the US or International percentiles and display the growth chart.

With Baby Connect, you have access to the updates from the caregiver while you’re away. You can also setup notifications to be immediately informed when something happens, and set a reminder alarm and be notified when it’s time for the next feeding, diaper change, medicine, … Your baby will receive much better care thanks to all the detailed information automatically transmitted to each family member, and to the nanny.

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Close to great, but misses (by Hungry Leo)
PROS – Easy to use. I love how it syncs across devices – my wife and I can use either of our phones without caring which was used last or what the network does. It just works.

CONS – Although entering data is easy, using it is not so much. While it displays lots of graphs, they are not the graphs I want. I’d love to see a graph of time between feedings or diapers – that would be useful.

Emailing data out is a nice idea, but not really practical. It goes out as a huge list of text and pictures which is very difficult to do anything with. How about a spreadsheet?

The weight percentile charts it shows don’t take into account the fact that newborns normally lose weight in their first few days. So the charts are deceptive by indicating that your newborn’s weight percentile drops precipitously.
Absolutely essential!!! (by LV Rock Chick)
I can’t recommend this app enough. I purchased about 5 apps to evaluate and this one is lightyears ahead of the others.
When I first had a play, I found it a little daunting – there’s a lot of stuff you can track with lots of different ways of tracking, so I started with the breastfeeding tracker and progressed to all the other functions. Have been using it for 8 weeks and have the app installed on both my and my husbands iPhones, 2 iPads and we just bought an iPad Touch which we keep with our new son where ever he goes (the iPads are too hard to use with one hand) so we always have the app close by for accurate updates.
My favorite features:
- Tracks everything!
- Easy edit and adding of entries that you missed.
- Sync function rocks!! I always know when he last fed/slept/changed/etc even if I’m not with him. Also, my husband checks to see if our son is sleeping before calling me, just in case I’m sleeping too.
- Reports and .csv reports. The reports provided are already excellent but I really enjoy being able to run my own analysis (e.g. Does Daddy really change as many diapers as he thinks he does ;)

Just get this app. It is brilliant!!!
Muscle Trigger Points for iPhone

Muscle Trigger Points for iPhone

by By Real Bodywork
371 Ratings
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A Reference for the most common trigger points and referral patterns for over 70 muscles. Features 100+ trigger points with their corresponding referral patterns. Each muscle includes the visual referral pattern and point location, plus a written muscle action, referral and comments for each muscle. You can choose to view each muscle individually, or use the zones view to see all the muscles that refer into a specific area, a great help in discovering the source of pain.

Trigger points are tight places in a muscle that cause pain to be felt elsewhere in the body. This is great for massage therapists, physical therapists, chiropractors, or anyone wanting to discover the source of muscular pain, and learn about muscle function.


“Any iPhone or iPod Touch user with an interest in the human body may find Real Bodyworks reference app Muscle Trigger Points to be of special interest.” Phone Gear Review

“…the app is quite useful for identifying problem areas and gives us a great visual for pinpointing the problem. ” Slap App Review

iTunes User Reviews:

“SIMPLE & EASY to use, INEXPENSIVE, along with EXCELLENT 3D graphics to help zero-in on areas of each muscle when palpating.” Roc 5/5

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Student massage therapist (by Bigmrg74)
Good stuff, but could use a few more muscles and maybe a few more pictures as well.
Nice App (by Yodasfolly)
This is a really good app. I’m a professional massage therapist and find this very useful to show to my clients. I would totally pay more money for more information however – professional level info about the muscle structure and function. Also missing is the most useful information – about tracing a pain pattern back to the responsible trigger point. Well worth the $2.99 though.
Pill Identifier Lite by Drugs.com for iPhone

Pill Identifier Lite by Drugs.com for iPhone

by By Drugs.com
344 Ratings
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Pill Identifier Lite edition is a searchable database which includes more than 10,000 Rx/OTC medications found in the U.S. Features search as you type functionality.

Search by imprint, drug name, shape and color. Access a wealth of information, including; Drug Images, Description/Indication, Pregnancy Category, CSA Schedule, Strength and Rx/OTC availability. Connects to Drugs.com for additional information (where available).

See Also: Purchase the full edition to install more than 7,000 images directly on your mobile device and get additional information such as NDC Codes, Coating, Clarity and Repackagers.

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Drugs & Medications for iPhone

Drugs & Medications for iPhone

by By Kavapoint LLC
1062 Ratings
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- Over 6000 drugs
- Alphabetized Index (Highly requested)
- Support for Landscape mode for FDA Label
- NO INTERNET REQUIRED for Description, Usage, ContraIndications, MORE!
- Now including Drug Manufacturer info
- Now including Route of Administration and Drug Form
- Now including the unique NDC#
- More drug names from other countries!!
- Addition of Drug Manufacturer in the Main page
- FDA SafetyWatch for the latest FDA press releases
- Detail information regarding their usage
- Ability to save favorites
- Advanced Search capability by name or by keyword
- Email capability
- Improved Search Capability to search for any keyword
- Each listing has the brand name and generic name
- FDA label for available for most drugs and is retrieved directly from the FDA.

FDA labels require an internet connection and contain the following:
* Description
* Clinical pharmacology
* Dosage
* Contraindications
* Warnings
* Adverse Reactions
* Drug interactions
* NonClinical Toxicology
* More!

* Want to search for diabetes drugs? no problem!

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Not good (by Josh Harn)
If you hit fda to track a drug and didnt mean to you cant click cancel, you must close and reopen app…side effects arent listed either
Crashes (by nurse718)
This app crashed everytime l scrolled down wanting to see more drug results. It’s impossible to use.
Learn Muscles : Anatomy Quiz & Reference for iPhone

Learn Muscles : Anatomy Quiz & Reference for iPhone

by By Real Bodywork
324 Ratings
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A great reference, testing and education tool. Includes 138 beautiful muscle images with name, action, origin, insertion and comments, plus audio pronounciation guide, a quiz maker, an action viewer and 6 short videos to create a rich learning experience.

MUSCLE IMAGES: 138 major muscles, both deep and superficial with all important information and comments.
AUDIO: Pronunciation guide for each muscle.
QUIZ MAKER: Create your own multiple choice quiz on the name, action, origin or insertion… and focus on the leg, arm, torso or head. 480 total questions. If you get it wrong, the app shows the correct muscle image and speaks the name.
ACTION VIEWER: 37 joint action animations with the muscles that do the action, plus comments on the mechanics of each joint.

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Best app for anatomy of the muscles (by Bearseege)
This is one of the best apps that you can buy!!! I am a student studying to become a physical therapist and this app has really helped me out.
Great for massage therapists (by palejordan)
I’m a massage therapist, and this app has been great to show my clients specific muscles. Very clear. Useful information.
The Sanford Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy 2011 for iPhone

The Sanford Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy 2011 for iPhone

by By Antimicrobial Therapy, Inc.
28 Ratings
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The Sanford Guide is the essential resource for healthcare professionals who care for patients with infectious diseases. The Sanford Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy 2011 application provides fast, convenient access to critical information on treatment of infectious diseases, for timely, effective decisions at the point of care.

Always a pocket guide, still a pocket guide. Portability has been a hallmark of The Sanford Guide for over 40 years. The Sanford Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy 2011 application extends that portability to iOS4 devices: iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. The most trusted infectious diseases treatment resource in print now presents the same comprehensive, treatment- focused coverage of infectious diseases and clinical conditions, anti-infective drug information, therapeutic adjuncts and comparative spectra of activity in a clean, uncluttered, device-optimized interface. Based on the Sanford Guide Web Edition, the application features expanded coverage of topics compared to the print edition.

Other than for the initial download and to receive updates, the application may be used fully without the need for connectivity. Maximum screen space is devoted to the display of content by limiting buttons to those considered to be most essential: Home, Back and Search. All buttons are located on the application menu bar. The Index is activated by the search button on the application menu bar. The same button also hides the keyboard for full screen display of Index topics. For more about the application and the Sanford Guide, use the Info button on the launch screen.

Content queries are begun on the launch screen using a searchable Index or four Rapid Reference categories. Diseases and Clinical Conditions are organized by type (bacterial, fungal, mycobacterial, parasitic and viral). Bacterial diseases are further organized by site of infection and organism. Drug Information is similarly organized by type. Therapeutic Adjuncts include post-exposure antimicrobial prophylaxis (e.g., hepatitis, HIV, rabies), as well as preventative prophylaxis for surgical procedures and post-transplants. Comparison Tables include activity spectra tables for bacteria, fungi and viruses. These tables are color-coded for ease of use.

Extensive internal links provide efficient navigation to related content. For instance, drug regimens on disease pages are linked to corresponding pages for each drug containing comprehensive information on usage, dosing, adverse effects, activity, pharmacology, pharmacodynamics and drug-drug interactions. Broad topics such as meningitis and pneumonia include Overview pages with an outline and links to all sub-topics for that disease.

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Great app! Retains the usefulness of the pocket version at the point of care. (by Anthony Elkins)
I’ve had the pocket version in my lab coat since I was a brand new medical student. The one I’ve got now is so faded and tattered from frequent use that it is almost unreadable. Now as an attending, my medical students laugh at me when I pull it out to refer to.

Now that the Sanford Guide is available as an iPad/iPhone app, I was hopeful it would retain the usefulness of the print version in quickly referring to the information by flipping to the right section by the tabs on the spine. Though the information is arranged slightly differently, it is still easily found at the POC.

All the information is cross-referenced, with up to date recommendations. To it’s favor, the cryptic abbreviations used in the pocket version are replaced with full text. (RFP vs. RFB anyone?)

The main drawback is the price: $29.99?! The pocket version was about $10 "back in the day."

Suggestions for future versions: the app asks me for my current location. How about some reports on local resistance patterns or infectious disease outbreak reports?
Finally! (by C0rvus)
This App works as advertised. Downloads smoothly, opens easily, and has yet to crash iOS. Although there is always room for improvement, this App has a greater utility to me over the dead tree version lightening my pockets and shortening search times. Well worth it!