With promising names like "5-Minute Neurology Consult" and "Neurosurgery Survival Guide" the mobile applications in this top-pick list provide immediate and encyclopedic access to the nuts, bolts, and nuances of neurologic practice.
An array of mobile applications is available designed specifically for the information and problem-solving needs of the clinical neurologist. Offerings include interactive decision-making tools, clinical classification and grading systems, clinical scoring scales, neurosurgical protocols, and educational support for residents, interns, and medical students.The slides above comprise my personal list of the 8 best medical apps for practicing neurologists, in no particular order. The apps listed do not reflect the opinions of my employer. (Aileen McCrillis, MS, MPH is the research librarian at NYU Health Sciences Library in New York.)
This slide show provides details on the following apps for neurologists: NeuroMind, Neuro Toolkit, 5-Minute Neurology Consult, Neurology iPocket Cards, Neurosurgery Survival Guide, Neurological Differential Diagnosis--a Prioritized Approach, Micromedex, and UpToDate.
NeuroMind offers interactive clinical decision support, more than 120 clinical classification and grading systems, and some anatomical images for explanation to patients and students. The app is officially supported by Surgical Neurology International, the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies, and Neurosurgic.com.
NeuroMind is available for Android and iOS platforms and is free to downlaod. More information here.
Neuro Toolkit includes a set of medical calculators, clinical scoring scales, and other reference materials. Neuro Toolkit is an up-to-date, simple, and straightforward app that will assist in the evaluation of patients in a wide range of settings, from the emergency room to the outpatient clinic.
Neuro Toolkit is compatible with iOS and is available for $2.99. More information here.
5-Minute Neurology Consult provides access to comprehensive, clinically-oriented information on all disorders of the nervous system. Each disease or disorder is covered in a consistent, easy-to-follow format: basics (including signs and symptoms), diagnosis, treatment, medications, follow-up, and miscellaneous considerations (including diseases with similar characteristics, pregnancy, synonyms, and ICD coding). This text can be downloaded to your mobile device via the Skyscape mobile app.
The 5-Minute Neurology Consult app is available for Android and iOS at a cost of $99.95. More information here.
This set of digital pocket cards contains all the important information needed by neurologists, including the neurological examination; survey of dermatomes, cranial nerves, clinically relevant muscles, and cerebral vessels; as well as the Mini-Mental State Test and Glasgow Coma Scale. This app is ideal for residents, interns, and medical students.
Neurology iPocket Cards is available for Android and iOS and there is no cost to download. More information here.
This app is a quick reference guide covering over 100 unique topics and offers a breadth of information necessary to care for neurosurgical patients. The Neurosurgery Survival Guide has a built-in background auto-update program that allows the newly added content to be downloaded and refreshed each time the app is opened. This app is ideal for residents, interns, and medical students.
The Neurosurgery Survival Guide for Android and iOS is available for $7.99. More information here.
This digital text provides a practical, problem-based differential diagnosis for the entire spectrum of neurological diseases. Differential lists are prioritized by the most common possibilities first. Less common diagnoses that are potentially fatal or catastrophic if not identified in the acute period are also highlighted. The text can be downloaded to your mobile device via the Skyscape mobile app.
The digital version of Neurological Differential Diagnosis - A Prioritized Approach is available for Android, iOs, and Windows. The cost is $84.95. More information here.
Micromedex is a simple, accurate, and easy-to-use drug reference tool. Users can search by drug name or class and receive information on administration, dosing, adverse effects, interactions, and contraindications.
The Micromedex app is compatible with Android, Blackberry, and iOS platforms. The cost is $2.99 annually or free with an internet-based subscription. More information here.
UpToDate provides evidence-based clinical decision support and includes graded recommendations and patient education materials. Subscribers can also earn CME/CE/CPD by answering clinical questions using UpToDate.
UpToDate is available for Android, iOS, Windows phones and tablets, and Web. It is free to download but a subscription is required to access content. More information here.