By Eugene Antenucci, DDS
Apps for everyday dentistry
The iPad is a device that uses applications, or apps, to accomplish a limitless set of tasks. An app is computer software that is designed to perform singular or multiple related tasks. Numerous iPad apps can have value to dental practices. Apps are downloaded to the iPad through the Apple Store. Many applications are free,others are free to download but require a paid upgrade or annual subscription for full functionality,and some apps must be purchased. Fees can be as nominal as 99 cents or range into the hundreds of dollars. While by no means comprehensive, following is a listing of what I believe to be the five most useful apps for dentists.
ePocrates Rx — ePocrates Rx is a free mobile clinical reference library, which includes a drug guide, formulary information, and drug interaction checker. This product also includes free continual updates and medical news. It is simple to download and easy to use. The product is also available in versions that include information on disease diagnosis, including images, diagnostic tests, insurance codes, alternative medicines, and a medical dictionary for prices ranging from $99 to $199 per year. ePocrates Rx is a great clinical reference for quickly accessing information regarding drugs, adult and pediatric dosage information, interactions, and contraindications. The information is always current and accessible instantly.