When it comes to medical issues, the best way to find out what is wrong is to go to a doctor. However, there is most certainly some value in getting a general idea of what could be wrong before you pay a trip to your local physician, using apps or the Internet. Of course, no medical information app or website can replace the knowledge and skills of a doctor, and that is something you most certainly need to keep in mind before using an app like the one I am going to talk about today to diagnose any kind of disease of condition.
Medscape is one of the best iPhone apps for finding out information about different medical conditions, and it’s made by WebMD, so you know the information is good. Whether you are a person looking to find out some more information about a condition that is affecting you or a medical professional looking for a handy application to find some facts about a condition, Medscape is the perfect application for you.
It has lots of information and an incredibly simple interface. If you are looking for a medical app, this is the one you want on your device.
Obviously, you will need to download the app from the App Store in order to get everything up and running. Once downloaded, you will need to create a Medscape account. You will need to enter an email address and some other information to get going with the app. The account is free, but you cannot use the app without creating an account.
After you make an account, the app will run through a brief process where it will update all of its databases with the latest information. Depending on your data speed, this can take anywhere from a few seconds to a couple of minutes. Once it’s finished, click “Continue.” Next, the app will give you the option to download all of the clinical reference articles. This is a big file, and will take about 10 minutes over Wi-Fi. If you don’t want to wait, you can skip this and come back to it later.
The app is divided into three sections, plus the home section that is the hub for the app. The home section has links to the other three sections as well as a place for the app to display the most important news stories happening in the medical field.
The first main section is called News. In here, you will find the latest happenings in the medical field from various sources around the net. For general use, you may not care about this, but for medical professionals, this section will prove to be incredibly useful. There are lots of articles posted daily, so the information that can be obtained from here is quite impressive.
The next section is called Reference. In here is where you will come to find out information about drugs, conditions, procedures, drug interactions, medical calculators, and a directory of phone numbers. Each section is divided into different subsections to help you find what you are looking for. Of course, there is also a search box, so if you know exactly what you are looking for, you can simply type it into the box.
The last section of the medical information app is called Education. In here, you will find all kinds of information that is useful, particularly for medical students. There is plenty of knowledge to be gained from this section of the app. The general user will probably find themselves hanging out in the reference section, but for certain users, this section will come in handy a great deal.
This is a fantastic medical application. Many of its features are aimed towards medical professionals, but there are plenty of features that will be incredibly useful for the general app user. If you are looking for a full-featured medical application, this is the one you will want to have installed on your phone.