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2011 review of new mobile apps for nurses


“Smartphones are capable of changing how healthcare is delivered.”
These words, published in a 2010 study by the online research journal Perspectives in Health Information Management, depict a hard-to-miss reality of how smartphones are becoming an integral element in today’s ever-evolving healthcare industry. The study went on to state the reasoning behind the power that smartphones hold over our industry: “They merge and integrate multiple and varied technological functions into a single device that is both versatile and portable.”

For many nurses, the findings of this study are nothing new. Introduced in 2000, smartphones are increasing in popularity every year and nurses are finding new ways to put them to use—for work and for play.

We’ve profiled our favorite mobile apps and smartphones in the past couple years, but new apps emerge all the time. Here’s a look at some of the apps that nurses are loving right now.

1. Johns Hopkins Guides

ABX Guide
Diabetes Guide
HIV Guide

Johns Hopkins Medicine publishes three mobile apps that are the authoritative guides on antibiotics, diabetes and HIV. Each guide includes up-to-date, comprehensive information about its subject, as well as links to further reference sources. Additionally, the guides include detailed drug and treatment information. Though the three guides can be purchased separately, you can save by purchasing all three at the bundled rate.

Price: $24.95 each; $49.95 bundled

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Steven Briggs
Steven Briggs is a healthcare writer for Scrubs Magazine, hailing from Brooklyn, NY. With both of his parents working in the healthcare industry, Steven writes about the various issues and concerns facing the industry today.

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