Most useful apps for hospitalists for daily use

In this page, I want to list all the phone apps that hospitalists use most commonly while working in the hospital. Some of them given CME and some do not. These are the most essential tools for a new hospitalist.

They are listed randomly and not in any particular order.

UpToDate: It is the leading clinical decision support resource with evidence-based clinical information – including drug topics and recommendations that clinicians rely on at the point of care. We get CME automatically. I use it all the time.

QxMD: It has 2 apps. Read by QxMD helps you stay on top of the most important and cutting-edge research. Calculate by QxMD offers >400 point-of-care tools to educate around prognosis, diagnosis and optimal patient management.

Epocrates: It delivers the most current safety, diagnostic, and treatment information. We can check medication information quickly. Download Epocrates iPhone app.

Sanford guide: Sanford Guide provides clinicians with the tools they need to ensure the appropriate use of antibiotics. This is an essential resource for your Antimicrobial Stewardship program.

Johns Hopkins Antibiotic Guide: It has info about antibiotics, HIV, Psych, and Diabetes topics and medications. Download iPhone app.

5 Minute Clinical Consult app: Apart from this app, they also have a website with free info on Diseases / Conditions and Drugs.

DynaMed: DynaMed is a clinician-focused tool designed to facilitate efficient and evidence-based patient care just like UpToDate.

Hospitalist Handbook: The UCSF Hospitalist Handbook is a concise yet comprehensive bedside guide to inpatient medicine. It covers diagnosis and management for common issues in cardiology, critical care, pulmonology, nephrology, hematology/oncology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, infectious disease, rheumatology, and neurology, among others.

Medscape app: -It’s free and a great resource. It offers latest medical news and expert commentary, drug and disease information, and relevant professional education and CME/CE activities. They also have videos of procedures for a quick refresher.

IDSA guidelines: Stay up-to-date on IDSA clinical guidelines, interactive tools, and new resources. The app contains features to search through guidelines, bookmark important pages and take notes on key information.

Journal club app: The Journal Club Team reviews the top articles in internal medicine, putting landmark trials at your fingertips. Download Google Play app.

MedCalc: It has all the clinical calculators [e.g. RCRI score] that support evidence-based patient care. Registration is free and takes <30 seconds for full, unlimited access.

Doximity Dialer: The new Doximity app is completely redesigned, with even faster access to the tools you use every day. The universal healthcare provider directory, free fax number, call patient feature and newsfeed are now at the bottom of the menu, so you always have access to them. Earn free Category 1 CME. Call patients without using *67 from you cell so that your office phone number will be visible to your patients not your cell number. Integrates with Epic Haiku and Amion Scheduling Apps.

Stethoscope: You can buy any stethoscope. Cheaper vs costlier ones. After 13 yrs of working, I realized that the lighter the steth the better it is. You should definitely have a tag with your name on it so that you can get it back whenever you forget it somewhere in the hospital.

Pen Light: This is the most useful tool after stethoscope for residency and even in job as a hospitalist.

Tuning Fork: This is useful for neurological exams.

Knee Hammer: This is useful for documenting neurological findings while taking care of CVA patients.

Smart Phone: I am sure everyone has one these days. We need to access several apps while working in the hospital.

Tylenol at work: Sometimes, one may have headache while working. I bought one Tylenol bottle with 100 caplets and it was all used up after 3 months. My team used them all up. I am glad I could help but then realized how important its to have Tylenol for simple pains and headaches.

Pocket Medicine Book: Most hospitals have UpToDate to access while at work to look up for the latest medical knowledge. Some use this pocketbook and keep in white coat’s pocket to come in handy while taking care of the patients.

Bonus reading:

Best Hospitalist conferences for CME

CERNER EMR: Tricks and Tips for Efficiency for hospitalists.

EPIC EMR: tricks and tips for hospitalists

With experience you will choose what makes you an efficient and fast rounder.

E&M university can be useful for billing and coding. But most hospitals teach billing to new hospitalists. Your colleagues teach you very easily also.

The items above which are in italics are a must for a new hospitalist.

Did I miss any of the good ones that you use?