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10 key apps for nurses

Here are 10 apps nurses are using:

1. NurseGrid: This app is a personal scheduling and communication tool for nurses. The app uses a custom algorithm that remembers users' most common shift times to speed schedule creation. The app will launch a calendar share feature available at the end of July. This option will let a nurse share their NurseGrid calendar to a third party calendaring app including Google Calendar and Outlook.

2. HipaaBridge: This application is a HIPAA-compliant text messaging tool for nurses. The app has a FaceTime-like feature that allows providers to give accurate consults and patient assessments. HipaaBridge provides secure message solutions that will facilitate easy-to-use communication that complies with regulations.

3.  Cortext: Imprivata's new app allows nurses to send secure messages to fellow nurses, physicians and patients both inside and outside of the hospital. The app can be readily used on any mobile device, enabling efficient communication between healthcare professionals. The time-saving app has been reported to save each clinician an average of 45 minutes each day, which will enhance patient care.

4. CareEvent: This application allows nurses to view patient alarms and provides a close real-time snapshot of a patient's vital signs. Nurses also can share a patient's condition by sharing their recent alert history, informing physicians about the validity and priority of the alarm.

5. DICOM Medical Selfie: Medical Selfie enables both healthcare professionals as well as patients to readily send photos without security issues with their iPhone while maintaining HIPAA compliance and speeding patient/provider communication.

6. Wellzilla: This application enables nurses to order more than 40,000 discounted medical supplies. The application also has a patient management system. Nurses can input and manage all their patients through the app, track their previous orders as well as share patient profiles with other nurses.

7. Davis Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests: This app aims to enhance patient care by giving nurses access to more than 400 updated diagnostic test descriptions. The app provides information about how the test works, how to correctly analyze the results in addition to how to best prepare and instruct your patient.

8.  IDdx: Infectious Disease Queries: This database app gives users access to information on more than 250 illnesses, categorized by 39 epidemiological factors as well as 16 world regions. The app has new features added in January, including Ranked Disease and Weighted Findings. Ranked Disease allows users to sift trough the list of diseases returned from a query of cases. Weighted Findings has color coding representing how frequently a finding is used to describe the disease in 12 primary findings.

9. Tiny Tastes: This app is great for pediatric nurses who aim to help children eat better. Tiny Tastes inspires children who don't have an appetite to eat along with the app, as well as allows nurses to track a patient's food intake at home.

10. DICOM Viewer: This mobile viewer allows nurses to view X-Rays as well as mammograms and other medical images on their iPhone or tablet. DICOM enables nurses to readily view images anywhere, anytime while maintaining proper security and compliance.

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