11 trendy apps for ASC physicians

Mary Rechtoris & Brandon Howard -

Here are 11 apps for ASC physicians:

1. TouchCare — The app enables physicians and patients to correspond in face-to-face video appointments that comply with HIPAA regulations. Physicians are able to view a patient's condition and discern whether that patient needs to come in if necessary.

2. Figure 1 — This new app, likened to Instagram or Facebook, allows physicians to upload photos, X-rays and other images of patients' maladies. Figure 1 gives healthcare providers instant access to unusual cases around the world and presently has users in more than 100 countries.

3. Surgical Notes — The app allows physicians to complete dictation and operative reports, reducing the time for claim submission. In addition to dictation, physicians can electronically sign and approve reports almost instantaneously.

4. HSTpathways — HSTpathways, a leader in ASC surgery software and outpatient information systems, devised a cloud-based surgery center management software application for surgical scheduling, clinical workflow, inventory management, medical coding as well as insurance and patient billing. The app also features account receivable collections.

5. Epocrates — The app is used by more than 500,000 U.S. physicians to look up drug information and communicate with other physicians for consultations and referrals. The app allows users to calculate patient measures like BMI. The majority of the app's content is free, with additional information and functionality requiring an in-app purchase of Epocrates Essentials.

6. Draw MD — Users can draw out surgical procedures to show patients. The app includes drawings for various specialties including orthopedics, pediatrics, thoracic surgery and countless others.

7. CliniCam — The app allows physicians to take pictures of a patient's condition and upload the image to the patient's electronic medical record. The app stays HIPAA compliant by directly sending photos to the patient's EMR without storing them on the physician's phone.

8. Resolution MD — The app allows physicians to securely view patient images and reports. The app uses diagnostic medical imaging software to provide image access across multiple types of mobile devices.

9. Leading Reach — The app allows medical professional to deliver pre-appointment information to patients. The app additionally automatically notifies the referred-to physician and creates a record of that referral in one step. Leading Reach also features email appointment reminds and driving directions. The referral process is made simple allowing physicians to spend more time with patients.

10. Mednet — The app allows physicians to view reports and schedules. The app features a purchasing tool enabling users to create, edit, approve, generate, acknowledge and receive material orders to and directly from vendors through EDI or emails. Additionally, the app allows clinical staff to enter their start and end time for pre-op, intra-op, post-op and anesthesia.

11. Muscle Trigger Point — The app serves as an anatomy reference for the most common trigger points and referral patterns for more than 70 muscles. The app contains more than 100 trigger points with their corresponding referral pattern in addition to the visual referral pattern for every muscle.

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