FREE Medical Applications for Your PDA

There are many medical software applications available for PDAs for FREE. A list of some of the most useful one are shown below:

  1. Epocrates Rx (http://www.epocrates.com/). This regularly updated medication database’s free basic functions include adult and pediatric dosing, contraindications, adverse effects, pricing, formularies and more. Its multicheck function, allowing cross-checking of interactions among up to 30 medications, is especially useful. With yearly subscription upgrade, you will get a whole lot of features that are very useful for clinicians.
    For both Palm OS and Pocket PC.
  2. MedMath (http://smi-web.stanford.edu/people/pcheng/medmath) – This application has collection of useful formulas in an easy-to-use interface. Another simialar application is MedCalc (http://medcalc.med-ia.net/). You can explore both site and see for yourself which is better.
    For both Palm OS and Pocket PC.
  3. ATP III Cholesterol Management Tool (http://hin.nhlbi.nih.gov/atpiii/atp3palm.htm) – From the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). This interactive guideline tool will assist the clinician in implementing the ATP III Cholesterol Guidelines at the point of care.
    For Palm OS only.
  4. C-Tools (http://www.cancer.org/c-tools) – From the American Cancer Society, a timesaving PDA tool that provides instant access to cancer information to anyone in the healthcare field.
    For both Palm OS and Pocket PC.
  5. Geriatrics at your Fingertips (http://www.geriatricsatyourfingertips.org/) - It is an excellent resource for those who care for older adults. It covers most of the common conditions present in elderly population and also includes assessment instruments, recommended diagnostic tests, management strategies, and both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapies recommended specifically for older adults. Need to register at the site which is FREE.
    For both Palm OS and Pocket PC.
  6. ACC Clinical Practice Guidelines (http://www.acc.org/clinical/palm_download.htm) – Concise, portable reference tool adapted from the ACC/AHA Practice Guidelines for the busy clinician.
    For both Palm OS and Pocket PC.
  7. Johns Hopkins University Antibiotic Guide (http://hopkins-abxguide.org/download_center/download_center.cfm) – This is a regularly updated infectious disease guide. It features treatment guidelines, diagnostic criteria and comprehensive information about medications and organisms. Navigation is a bit cumbersome but once understood, it is easy.
    For Palm OS only.

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