PadGadget Weekly App Series — Medical Apps

For today’s Weekly App Series we’ve found great apps to add to your iPad collection. We have included six essential medical apps in this week’s bundle. Our editorial team goes through the data, picks the best and most interesting apps and then brings them to you on a regular basis.

We used our PadGadget Apps Tracker to find these great apps and we’ll continue to look for the best apps on a weekly basis. Be sure to check them out because these apps might just be what you’re looking for.

This week’s category is: Medical Apps

1. Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine ($199 complete, $49.99 per chapter at Inkling) — This well-respected medical tome is now available as in iPad textbook courtesy of Inkling. The iPad edition of Harrison’s adds videos, interactive diagrams, slideshows and the ability to search quickly. Chapter 371 is available for free. Unlike traditional printed references, users will be able to update their purchases, which adds both monetary and practical value to using the iPad for medical school and beyond.


2. Muscle System Pro III ($19.99) — Developer 3D4Medical specializes in anatomy and physiology apps that bring the human body to the iPad in a new way. Muscle System Pro III is just one of many impressive offerings from this developer. It offers multiple views of muscle, customizable pins to mark important areas, audio pronunciations, and the ability to draw on the screen as well as to view different layers of muscle as needed. Users can share public pins or email notes.


3. Mediquations Medical Calculator ($4.99) — This universal app for iPad and iPhone simplifies medical calculations. Mediquations includes 230 formulas and scoring tools. Users can favorite, email, print, or search results. The app also includes references, full equation, detailed information, relevant pictures, and Pubmed links for every entry. Mediquations supports both SI and US units of measurement. It is AirPrint compatible for any OS after 4.2. Visit for a full list of formulas supported by the app.


4. Merck Manual ($9.99 Home Edition, $34.99 Professional edition) — From the home to the hospital, the Merck manual is a standard reference for diagnosis and health information. The iOS version of Merck is universal, so it runs on the iPad or iPhone. No internet connection is needed to use the app after installation. Users can search, bookmark, and email content. The manual also tracks the user’s history and remembers the last entry read, so it is easy to find the most important information quickly.


5. OsiriX HD ($29.99) — OsiriX HD is a medical image viewer for iOS that uses DICOM. DICOM is the digital standard for storing and transferring medical images. OsiriX HD demonstrates an innovative use of iOS. The app is work seamlessly with any DICOM compatible software, yet the user to view images from any location. OsiriX HD can read DICOM datasets and is compatible with Dropbox. The Journal of Digital Imaging has published articles on the use and application of OsiriX HD.


6. Harriet Lane Handbook, 19th ed. ($54.99, Free app available for subscribers) — With iOS everything old is new again and again. Pediatric health professionals can take the time-tested diagnostic information found in the Harriet Lane Handbook practically anywhere with this universal app by Unbound Medicine. Designed for pediatric students, residents, and practitioners, the 19th edition of the Harriet Lane Handbook for iOS supports iOS 5. Users can search the entire database easily, and on the iPad the app takes advantage of the larger screen size.

Notes: For additional information, check out the PadGadget Apps Tracker. Our tracker provides an easy way to constantly monitor the App Store to find the best iPad apps for you. If you loved these apps, be sure to check out our Weekly Series list of apps for the iPad.

About Emily: Emily is a freelance writer who loves discovering new apps whenever she can pry the iPad away from her children or husband. You can contact her via Twitter: @whatwentwrite

  • Loretta Sobh

    Download the application “Meditoons for iPad” at the apple store…very useful application that is compatible with both the ipad and iphone. It is an educational app & tool containing outstanding medical animations for doctors, med students, patients…it’s free! I absolutely love its features and animations…a must have especially for healthcare professionals.