Golden has scoured through medical blogs, the Google and Apple stores, and listservs to compile a list of the best apps as a resource for providers about which ones to use at point-of-care and to recommend to patients. Her recommmendations are as follows:

BlueStar Diabetes: This app has to be prescribed by a provider, because it is real-time guidance for patients to track their type 2 diabetes. If patients also have a Bluetooth glucometer, this app will access it across any device with the app. Providers can input the plans they have discussed with patients, and if patients report an abnormal reading, the app will remind patients of the plan. Available for iPhone and Android.

Drugs.com: “I think every patient needs some kind of app for medications,” said Golden. This app allows patients to scan their insurance card and list their medications. Then, the app will tell patients their out of pocket expenses for the drug at the five nearest pharmacies. The downside, according to Golden, is that the drug database is only available on a wireless connection. Available for iPhone and Android.


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Doximity: The biggest advantage of this digital networking app is that it provides clinicians a fax number for free. Although more providers are practicing in mobile locations and may not have access their own fax machine, insurance companies may not be willing to credential them without it, said Golden. She now uses a fax number through Doximity to keep in touch with insurance and pharmacies. Available for iPhone and Android.

KidSpeak: This app is designed to show patients different parts of their anatomy as a whiteboard, so providers can draw on it to explain health-related concerns.

Alivercor: The American Heart Association (AHA) developed this app, which is an electrocardiogram (EKG) monitor. The monitor attaches to the smartphone phone, and the app opens up immediately. The monitor can also be placed on patients’ chest like an old fashioned event monitor. Patients can save out their report and transmit it to their providers immediately.

One thing to keep in mind is to record and remember what apps are recommended or prescribed to patients, said Golden. “You have to document it like you would an education.”

References

  1. Golden A. “Apps for You and Your Patient.” Presented at: AANP 2015. June 10-15; New Orleans.