10 Useful Health Information Apps

The increase of technology in the healthcare world is not just good news for patients, it’s good news for doctors and administrators. With every new advance in imaging, collaboration, or cyber security, healthcare providers can offer faster and more accurate treatment than ever before. While apps like Healthcare Dive offer administrators the latest in news and trends for the profession, healthcare-specific tools like MediBabble help break down the barriers between physicians and patients. As patients become more knowledgeable and administrators become more mobile, these 10 apps help health information technologists and managers bring essential medical information and support literally to the palm of your hand, where it’s needed most.

Healthcare Dive

For those who know the value of staying connected to the trends of the healthcare industry, Healthcare Dive is a necessity. This app allows you to browse current events, read commentary from major players in the healthcare administration field, and scan the newest research for applications for your hospital. The app even has job information and local and national events based on your area.

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MediBabble

This free, professional-grade tool is designed to help doctors and administrators speak a language the patient can understand - simplicity. The app is pre-loaded with medical history and common exam questions in languages such as Spanish, French, Russian, German, and Haitian. Each phrase is double-verified by physicians for accuracy, which both increases accuracy of treatment and ensures non-native patients a positive and productive medical experience. 

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Athena Health EHR Suite

Whether you run a small office or a large hospital complex, the Athena Health suite gives you instant feedback on vital statistics as they happen. The mobile apps (Practice Vitals and athenaText) connect with the larger Athena Health Records EHR program, providing connection with administration goals and providing secure and instant collaboration. You can text questions to other admins or doctors, check on collections, and see stats for individual patients. 

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Lybrate for Doctors

Although Lybrate is marketed as a doctor's tool, it is also an excellent management device for administrators. This application basically makes whatever facility you run completely mobile. You can add patients, create appointments, track payments, and record treatments - all from your smart phone. In addition, the Dashboard gives you up-to-the-minute stats on the efficiency of your practice and common treatments. 

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Medigram

The Medigram app for smart phones is designed to completely replace your outdated pager. This secure messaging app allows you to have amazing access to colleagues and support staff from any location where you can use your phone. The 256-bit AES encryption, designed to exceed NIST standards, ensures that all your texts are at military-level security. In addition, you can share charts and images to provide better overall care for your patients. 

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Mars Plus

This is a brand new application that also provides healthcare administrators with complete access to their facilities from a mobile device. Admins can upload patient records, review patient care history, and manage the financial aspects of their organizations from virtually any device. Although this app is still in the early stages, it is potentially invaluable for healthcare admins working at multiple locations. 

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Fierce Healthcare

Arguably the most influential online publication of healthcare administration content in the US, Fierce Healthcare brings fresh daily content directly to your fingertips. Push Notification and Breaking News features mean that you get instant updates on vital research, reports, and legislation that could affect your organization. Users who purchase this app also get unlimited access to special reports and interviews with hospital C-Suite leaders. 

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OnPage

This application combines the function of a phone and messaging service with HIPAA-compliant security for a fantastic communication model in any healthcare setting. You can create messages by phone, email, or computer and every interaction is stored for perfect data trails. Each message is time-stamped and you can add picture or voice attachments to any message. And, it's all done with the highest-level of data security so that you avoid any embarrassing data breaches. 

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HealthTap

As featured by the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, NBC and many more, this free app brings your hospital or healthcare organization directly into the homes of both patients and other healthcare leaders. You can increase your facility's visibility by encouraging doctors to take live consults, share information in the pro forums, and connect with other healthcare administrators around the world. 

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iVisitor

This app from Veristream supports the desktop cloud program that allows for easy management of patients in a healthcare setting. Patients can check themselves in via mobile or desktop devices. In addition, all patient appointments are updated in real-time to your mobile version of the app, including information about the patient's wait time and no-show rate. 

Website | iTunes

Barry Franklin
Barry Franklin Editor

Barry is the Editor-in-Chief of MedicalTechnologySchools.com, operated by educational web publisher Sechel Ventures Partners LLC, which he co-founded. Previously, Barry served as a VP at a Silicon Valley software company. In addition to running editorial operations at Sechel, Barry also serves on the Board of Trustees at a local K-8 school, and graduated from Carnegie Mellon University, where he also met his wife.