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Our 5 favourite apps for GPs and healthcare in the community

Written by Steve Marriott on 12-Jul-2018 10:47:10

5 favourite apps for GPs and healthcare professionals

A recent survey by Deloitte concluded that we're addicted to our phones. We've all seen the smartphone zombies who check in on their friends and take selfies at every opportunity. Let's not forget that our phones can save us time and enrich our professional lives too. There are many apps you can use on the move, seeing patients during your working day.

Vision Anywhere provides 24/7 access to your patient records. The smartphone and tablet apps are perfect for home visits and nursing home rounds. It's not just for GPs though. A growing number of community-based nurses are using Vision Anywhere too. You can use your iPhone, iPad or Android device to save time and improve safety during home visits. Have you thought about the other apps you could use alongside Vision Anywhere to enhance your mobile working experience?

Here are some suggestions that you might want to take a look at:

1. View maps and get driving directions

The native mapping apps for iPhone, iPad and Android are great time savers. They'll show you your current location and give you the fastest route to your next patient too. It's not possible to plan the best single route between all your home visits. That would upset the balance between simplicity and sophistication. You can find somewhere to refuel or grab a coffee that is on your route though..

Here's a quick tip for you. Click on the patient's address in Vision Anywhere to open your mapping app, already zoomed in on their location.

2. BNF & BNFC

Sometimes, you need detailed information to support your clinical decisions. The prescriber's best friend for this is the BNF. You can get easy access to up-to-date information on the use of medicines on your phone or tablet. One app contains content from the BNF and BNF for Children books. You can:

  1. find drugs by non-proprietary or trade name
  2. view BNF monographs
  3. check for interactions between drug combinations

The BNF & BNFC app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android.

3. BMJ Best Practice

Do you subscribe to BMJ Best Practice for guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention? Now, you can access their trusted content whenever and wherever you need it, across all points of care. You can use it offline, and it tracks your searches, so you earn CME points while you're using it too.

The BMJ Best Practice app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android.

4. Induction

Collaborative working is a significant characteristic of modern healthcare service provision. Induction is like having your local hospital switchboard in your pocket. It's quick and easy to find phone and bleep numbers for departments and wards. Induction is a 'crowdsourced' platform, so anyone can contribute to, and use the data.

The Induction app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android.

5. Human anatomy

Many medical anatomy apps can put the entire human body in the palm of your hand. These apps let you view the human body in 3D and show you anatomical structures and body systems, such as:

  • skeletal
  • muscular
  • circulatory
  • digestive
  • respiratory

You can see the body from different angles and switch layers on and off to focus on a particular aspect.

Pocket Anatomy is excellent if you use on an iPhone or iPad. If you're on Android, Essential Anatomy 3 is a good choice.

Technology on the move

Being able to work with patient records and prescribe using your phone is the game changer. In itself, this is a revolution for patient consultations away from your practice.

There are many other ways you can use your phone or tablet to save time and improve the patient experience. Our advice is to put some time in to learn how to get the most from your phone and apps. Don't overlook the potential to work smarter, faster and better on the move.

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Topics: General practice, shared care, Clinical Decision Support, Vision Anywhere

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