What's in your pocket?

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According to a 2015 Pew Research Center report, “64% of American adults now own a smartphone of some kind, up from 35% in the spring of 2011” and “62% of smartphone owners have used their phone in the past year to look up information about a health condition [Pew Research Center American Trends Panel survey from October 2014]. Undoubtedly that number has increased. 

In a world where the Medical Center Library now lives in your pocket or purse, did you know that…

  • We maintain a Mobile Apps Guide offering information on many Duke provided resources (such as apps for DynaMed Plus or Lexicomp) as well as other useful productivity and medical calculators.
  • Library staff help many students, clinicians, and patients find, download, and use high-quality medical related apps via classes or individual consultations and can help you too.
  • NC Health Info has a handy Webpage to help you evaluate and choose quality health apps. (FYI:  Several Duke Medical Librarians are volunteer editors for NC Health Info).
  • iMedicalApps, created by a team of physicians, allied health professionals and trainees, is a great resource for reviews and research on mobile medical technology and mHealth. They are also developing iPrescribeApps.com, a platform that will enable providers to prescribe health apps to their patients.
  • The top seven apps accessed from the Medical Library’s Mobile Apps Guide are: Maestro Care, Lexicomp, DynaMed Plus, Citrix Receiver Virtual PIN, Micromedex, ePocrates, & UpToDate.

As always, we welcome your feedback or app suggestions! Email us at medical-librarian@duke.edu with questions or to meet with a Librarian.

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