Epocrates worked directly with Apple to release the Epocrates app for the iPhone. There is quality in this collaboration.
Released in January, Epocrates is among the most popular free medical iPhone apps and is geared toward consumers. Given its wealth of information, Epocrates remains the best free app out of the more than 7,700 health-related apps available in the iTunes App Store. There is also a paid version for medical professionals that requires a $159 one-year subscription.
The free Epocrates gives access to a wide range of medical knowledge, including information on drugs, drug interactions, and pill identification. For more-comprehensive information, paying subscribers will find information on treatment options for various diseases, a reference for interpretations of lab tests, and information on conventional and alternative medicines. The premium version also includes an infectious-disease treatment guide.
For medical professionals, the Epocrates app is the perfect way to stay up to date on new medical discoveries and can be an important point of reference for patient care.
For everyone else, Epocrates has some cool features that can help identify drugs by choosing among lists of color, shape, coating, score, clarity, and imprint, and has dozens of medical calculations that will be sure to impress your friends. Calculate your body mass and ideal body weight, or calculate a due date with the pregnancy wheel. For those with more medical knowledge, find your LDL cholesterol or your cardiac output.
A must-have for medical professionals and hypochondriacs alike, the Epocrates app for the iPhone is a cool addition to the iTunes App Store and worthy of a 5 out of 5 rating from Appolicious.