Health App Wrap (November 2014)

Pharmacy Times, November 2014 Cough & Cold, Volume 80, Issue 11

INPHARMD

Developed at Mercer University by a drug information pharmacist and a team of pharmacy students and residents, InpharmD provides health care providers and patients with reliable, tailored drug and medical information. The app collects information from resources including Medline- Plus, National Guidelines Clearinghouse, DailyMed, and Drugs@FDA.com. After a query is submitted through InpharmD, the app provides a summary of appropriate evidence from a database of more than 20,000 journals and other resources. The app allows users to submit clinical questions and receive customized, evidence-based responses within the user’s requested time frame. The service requires a subscription, with a 3-month free trial available. After the 3-month trial, users pay $24.99 for a monthly subscription with unlimited information requests, $249.99 for a yearly subscription with unlimited information requests, or $14.99 per individual request for those who do not wish to purchase a subscription. The app is currently available for health care providers and will be available for patient use in summer 2015.

Cost: Free to download, but requires a subscription to use

Compatible With: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

Download: http://phrmcyt.ms/1tJfGtg

NATURAL STANDARD HERB AND SUPPLEMENT GUIDE

Natural Standard Herb and Supplement Guide: An Evidence-Based Reference provides high-quality, up-to-date, and unbiased information on 400 herbs and supplements. Each monograph includes uses, dosage information, safety considerations, and interactions with drugs and other herbs and supplements, and an A-to-F grading scale evaluating the efficicacy of each herb or supplement. The app's search tool includes a quick search feature that analyzes words as they are typed, and a fuzzy filter allows users to search when they are unsure of a word's spelling.

Cost: $59.99

Compatible With: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android devices

Download: iTunes: http://phrmcyt.ms/1s45j71; Google Play: http://phrmcyt.ms/1s45Avp

PILL TALK

PillTalk provides an easy-to-use medication cheat sheet for medication counseling sessions that includes both OTC and prescription medications. Each entry lists indications, administration, interactions, common side effects, and concerns for special populations, from an up-to-date and growing database. The app's features include a favorites section for commonly searched drugs and a notes section where the user can record additional information.

Cost: $Free

Compatible With: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android devices

Download: iTunes: http://phrmcyt.ms/1s48a4G; Google Play: http://phrmcyt.ms/1s48fW2

MMWR EXPRESS

MMWR Express offers fast access to the blue summary boxes in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. MMWR Express allows users to search for summaries by either MMWR article title or by specific subject, and new unread articles are rapidly loaded when a user swipes down on the article list. The app marks each unread article with a blue dot that disappears once the summary box has been viewed. The app allows users to share articles on social media and e-mail or text articles to colleagues. Users can also access full articles on the main MMWR wite if more detail is required.

Cost: Free

Compatible With: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

Download: http://phrmcyt.ms/1w4zx6h