Friday, November 4, 2011

9 Online Resources and Mobile Apps for Medical Information

When you need some basic medical advice, chances are you want it fast, and you're maybe even feeling a little anxious - not exactly the time to be wading through pages for search results.

With that in mind, we combed the web to find some reliable, user-friendly online sources and mobile applications for finding medical information, or to research specialists. (You might not need this today, but it's worth bookmarking for when you do.)

Here's our list...what would you add? Please share in the comments.

Online Resources
Mayo Clinic's online health information portal offers information on tests and procedures, prescription and over-the-counter drugs, as well as tools for healthy living.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Information site offers an A-Z listing of health topics as well as health and wellness resources and information on clinical trials being conducted in the United States and around the world.

WebMD offers a Medical Dictionary that defines and explains terms as well as an A-Z guide for common health concerns. And, their Physician Directory includes a searchable database of doctors by location, name and/or specialty.

HealthGrades features a searchable database of doctors and hospitals by location, name or specialty. Information includes quality ratings, patient surveys, and cost information.

If you're looking for specific information on an Orthopaedic Surgeon, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has a searchable database by doctor's name and location.

Mobile Apps

The WebMD app for iPhone, iPad and Android includes a symptom checker, drugs and treatments, first aid, and information and local health listings.

Ask a Doctor app for Android allows users to ask health questions to a team of doctors, free of charge. Similar to the "My Doctor" app for iPhone and iPad (cost is 99 cents, but once downloaded, questions are free).

My Medical for iPhone and iPad and My Medical Info for Android make it possible to store personal medical information on a mobile device.

Disclaimer: Each of these links are to serve only as suggestions and resources presented here are intended for information but should not replace professional medical advice or treatment. This list is not an endorsement by Mobi nor is Mobi being compensated in any way for publishing these links. 


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