The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently have 35 medical and health apps which are available in the iOS App Store, the Google Android Play store, or both.
These mobile apps were developed to allow healthcare providers, as well as consumers and the general public, to access a subset of CDC's content on mobile devices, including healthcare-related information, guidelines, recommendations, tools, and more.
Here, we listed some of the best CDC apps that physicians should consider downloading to their mobile device, including a couple of apps intended for general public.
We reviewed all of these apps individually, so you can click on their titles to read our opinion on each.
The CDC Vaccine Schedules app is aimed at medical providers recommending and administering vaccines to infants, children, adolescents, and adults.
The app allows providers to quickly access recommended immunization schedules, complete with footnotes.
The app differs from the immunization schedule on the CDC website, particularly lacking a personalized catch-up scheduler, as well as the interface that could be slightly better.
CDC Vaccines Schedules app is available for free on Android and iOS.
One of the most common methods of managing chronic pain is using opioid analgesics, which are frequently and unnecessarily prescribed as a first-line therapy. The use of opioids comes with serious risks, including opioid addiction and overdose.
Healthcare providers play a key role in protecting the patients by providing safe and effective pain management.
To assist primary care providers who are prescribing opioids for chronic pain, the CDC published the Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, which is also available as a CDC Opioid Guideline mobile app.
The app is as a quick reference guide to help healthcare providers apply the CDC recommendations to their daily clinical practice and make informed opioid prescribing decisions.
The app contains 12 current, up-to-date CDC recommendations dating from 2016, which cover a wide range of topics, from avoiding opioids as first-line therapy to discussing risks and benefits with their patients.
CDC Opioid Guideline app is available for free on iOS and Android.
Not every form of birth control is right for every woman, for example, those who have particular medical conditions that require their physician or OB/GYN to recommend the safest form of contraception.
This is why the medical providers are constantly looking for comprehensive and evidence-based resources to get contraception information.
One of the best known and most important resources is the United States Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive (US MEC) published by CDC in 2010 providing recommendations for the use of specific contraceptive methods by patients who have certain characteristics or medical conditions.
These recommendations are also available as a free mobile app for Android and iPhone.
The partial thromboplastin time (PTT) is a medical screening test that helps evaluate a person's ability to appropriately form blood clots, and to detect any abnormalities in blood clotting or monitor the treatment effects with anticoagulant drugs, such as heparin.
The PTT test measures the number of seconds it takes for a clot to form in a blood sample after a reagent is added. The PTT test may be ordered when a person has unexplained bleeding or bruising, a blood clot or other conditions which can affect the normal blood clotting process.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed the app called PTT Advisor that provides clinicians with an easy-to-use algorithm for diagnosing and evaluating patients with various bleeding abnormalities.
The app enables clinicians to quickly select the appropriate follow-up tests to evaluate patients with a prolonged partial thromboplastin time (PTT) laboratory result and a normal prothrombin time (PT) laboratory result.
PTT Advisor app is available for free on iOS only.
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Morbidity and mortality are often used together to calculate the prevalence of a disease and how likely that disease is to be deadly, particularly for certain demographics.
Staying current with the information on morbidity and mortality rates within a certain population can help healthcare professionals improve patient safety and quality of care.
To help providers with this, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) started publishing the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report ( MMWR) in 1952.
The MMRW is a weekly epidemiological digest for the United States that contains data on specific diseases as reported by state and territorial health departments and reports on infectious and chronic diseases, environmental hazards, natural or human-generated disasters, occupational diseases and injuries, and intentional and unintentional injuries.
The CDC also developed the MMWR Express app that brings these authoritative, accurate, and up-to-date public health information and recommendations from Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) to Android and iOS devices for free.
Healthcare providers play an important role in preventing and treating sexually transmitted diseases. For years, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is trying to help and guide healthcare providers by publishing their STD Treatment Guidelines, which provide recommendations for treating persons who have or are at risk for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
These recommendations are also available for iOS and Android devices as a free STD Tx Guide app, which serves as a quick reference guide for all healthcare professionals.
The app helps providers identify and treat sexually transmitted diseases, by allowing quick access to recommended treatment regimens, the list of common terms and abbreviations, and using other useful features. The app is regularly updated and it's based on current CDC guidelines.
Planning international travel is not just about booking flights and accommodations. You also need to think about your health and safety.
Depending on the travel destination, travelers may be exposed to a number of diseases, so it is important to take health precautions before travel, including vaccinations and medicines.
For this purpose, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed free TravWell app for Android and iOS devices, providing travelers worldwide with travel and health recommendations to help them prepare for their trip.
The app lets users choose the destination, and it then provides recommendations for specific vaccines, as well as a checklist of things travelers might need to do to or pack for their travel.
It also allows users to store important documents and set reminders for their vaccines and medications.
One of the biggest concerns that people have when traveling internationally is getting an upset stomach or travelers' diarrhea, which is the most common illness affecting travelers. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 10 million global travelers fall ill due to this condition every year.
Travelers' diarrhea, also known as Montezuma's revenge or Delhi belly, happens mostly because a lot of travelers pay little or no attention to safety advice regarding consumption of food and drink when traveling, which makes them susceptible to fecal-orally transmitted diseases.
In order to raise awareness among travelers, the CDC launched a free mobile app for Android and iOS devices called Can I Eat This?
The goal of the app is to help all people who travel abroad avoid diarrhea and similar stomach problems.
The app allows travelers to select the country they are visiting, and the type of food or drink they plan to consume there. Based on the answers, the app tells whether the chosen food or drink is likely to be safe.