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An over-abundance of mobile health apps for medical professionals has made it difficult for them to know which ones to choose.

The mobile health (mHealth) marketplace is exploding, and when you consider all of the benefits that medical apps stand to offer healthcare professionals, it’s pretty easy to see why: not only do they provide doctors and specialists with an easy way to access important documents like patient history and prescription information, but they also keep them up-to-date on new research and cutting-edge treatments.

But the sheer size of the mHealth market has made it difficult for doctors and other specialists to tell which app is best suited for which purpose, let alone sorting the good apps from the bad. Without further ado, here are five of the best apps for medical professionals available today.

Read1. Read by QxMD

If you’re often away from your computer but still want access to the latest medical research, having an app like Read is a must. Read curates a custom news feed based on the medical journals and topics you subscribe to, presenting them all in an attractive, magazine-style format.

It also allows you to download the articles and store them as PDFs, so you can stay current on all the info you need, whether you’re on the grid or not.

UpToDate2. UpToDate by Wolters Kluwer Health

UpToDate offers the best support system in medicine, featuring thousands of informational topics and graphics to help healthcare professionals make informed decisions. The app also makes it possible for doctors to answer medical questions from anywhere, anytime using their tablets or phones.

Maybe best of all, the app allows doctors to earn professional credits in the form of CME (Continuing Medical Education, US) and CPD (Continuing Professional Development, UK).

Medscape3. Medscape by WebMD

Medscape by WebMD provides a lot of the same functionality as UpToDate, only it’s free. The content in Medscape is not quite as comprehensive as UpToDate, but if your organization doesn’t provide access to UpToDate, then the WebMD app will save you a pretty penny while still giving you most of the essentials features you need.

The app stays free thanks to support from native advertising, but don’t worry — all the sponsored stories are all clearly marked.

Calculate4. Calculate by QxMD

Although the UpToDate and Medscape packages include medical calculators, you may discover that they’re a little too skimpy to be of much use. So investing in a standalone app might be a better choice if you need more functionality.

Calculate is a great (and free) choice, but if you want to go all out (and you have an iOS operating system), MedCalc allows you to make 300 different types of calculations for an extremely reasonable $5.

Figure15. Figure 1

Figure 1 has created a community that allows doctors to share and discuss interesting or puzzling cases. The app also lets specialists share photos and ideas in order to determine the best course of treatment, all while broadening their medical knowledge in the process.

If a patient’s face or any other identifying information is mistakenly included in an image, it will automatically be censored to ensure privacy.

YourAppHere3Do It Yourself!

While these are all great options, if you find a medical app niche that needs to be filled (hint: medical calculators are in short supply), why not try making one yourself?

With Infinite Monkeys, the process couldn’t be easier — no coding knowledge is required. And for just a small fee, the app can be published on any app stores your (healthy) heart desires.

Check out “The Machine,” where all apps made through the Infinite Monkeys platform are born, and get started on the next life-saving medical app today!