Ordering and interpreting labs tests, or matching a patient's clinical presentation up with the required diagnostic tests isn't easy, especially for junior physicians, residents or nurse practitioners.
Ordering unnecessary labs mean increasing costs for the patients. On the other hand, omitting lab tests could lead to a missed diagnosis or misdiagnosis.
Additionally, once the lab tests are complete, can you tell the significance of abnormal results?
Questions related to ordering and interpreting labs tests will often come up in medical practice, so you need to be prepared, despite your experience level.
Luckily, there are mobile apps designed to help. Here, we list several apps that can help with lab interpretations and other relevant information.
Lab Values Medical Reference App
The Lab Values Medical Reference app is 3 in 1 app, which means that it basically contains 3 different medical references, including lab reference values, thousands of medical abbreviations, as well as over 400 medical prefixes and suffixes.
Thanks to the easy to use interface, medical providers can easily navigate the app to find the content, which is organized by 16 categories as well as alphabetically.
The app data is completely editable, which means that users can create new lab values, edit existing ones and even create their own categories for labs.
The content links to important resources including Medline Plus, Clinlab Navigator, Lab Tests Online, WebMD, and more.
The design of Android version differs slightly from iOS version, and it's a bit dated. Both versions cost $2.99.
iLabsDDx app developed by Cambridge Medical Education is designed to help medical providers investigate abnormal lab values, blood gases, acute kidney injury, and get treatment recommendations.
The true value of this app is its multi-functionality., meaning it works as a medical calculator, but also provides tutorial and detailed differential diagnosis list, with treatment suggestions for a variety of lab abnormalities.
The app is free to download and use, but it's only available on iOS.
Our score: 88%
LabGear app is the advanced pocket tool for medical labs tests intended for physicians, residents, students, and nurses.
It contains a comprehensive library of medical lab tests based on test source or lab type, with differential diagnosis. Each test is clearly explained, with high and low labs meaning, along with related symptoms.
The app also contains a section for drug dosages, focusing on the 23 most frequently used inpatient medications. Users can bookmark pages or add notes.
The app is available on Android and iOS, however, the price differs. On Android, it's $0.99, while on iOS the app costs $2.99.
Pocket Lab Values App
Pocket Lab Values app is another useful resource for the healthcare professionals, providing them with the access to over 320 common and uncommon lab values in 13 different categories, including cardiology, electrolytes, endocrine, toxicology, and more.
Every topic includes a description of the lab study, normal values, and differential diagnoses for high and low values, along with info about any special tasks needed in order to get accurate results (if applicable).
The app includes a notes section that outlines tips for correcting abnormal values, guidelines for drawing and storing the lab specimen, and other practical information related to each study.
The app is available on iOS and Android at the price of $2.99.
Lab Tests Online – M App
LabTestsOnline-M is the mobile version of Lab Tests Online website developed by lab professionals in order to help patients better understand the many clinical lab tests that are part of routine healthcare, diagnosis, and treatment.
Besides the information on hundreds of laboratory tests, the app also provides descriptions of diseases that are crosslinked by the tests used to screen for, diagnose, and treat them.
There are also relevant articles that explain concepts such as test reliability and the difficulty in defining and using reference ranges, as well as the news section with the latest advances in laboratory science and the policies and guidelines that govern the use of the tests.
The app is available on Android and iOS for $0.99.
Normal Lab Values++ App
Normal Lab Values++ app is a featured-packed clinical lab value and medical reference tool available on Android and iOS.
It contains over 300 of the most relevant and important lab values, with a quick and easy search function to browse through all of them. Each lab value contains full featured citations and clinical explanations including low and high differentials.
Besides labs values, the app also features over 1700 medical abbreviations for physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and physician assistants.
The app is free to download and use. There is also Pro version available, but the only difference is that it's ad-free.
Quick LabRef app is intended to be just a basic reference that provides a quick look at the up-to-date information on the most commonly used clinical lab values and other useful relevant information delivered in several categories, including blood and non-blood tests, microbiology, toxicology, genetics, etc.
It is available for free, however, it is limited in its functionality, options, information. For example, abnormal values are not available for all tests, the search function is limited, the design of the interface is a bit dated, it is available only on Android platform (although not on all devices).
Our score: 88%
Medical Lab Tests App
Medical Lab Tests offers almost the same functionality as Lab Values Medical Reference app. It also provides differential diagnoses based on high and low values, however not as clear as the app we mentioned first in this article.
Still, medical providers will find Medical Lab Tests app a valuable supplement that covers the most common laboratory tests and their interpretation, as well as a description of the pathology behind each lab study.
The app is only available on iOS as a freemium, with an option to unlock 50+ new articles in five new categories as an in-app purchase for $4.99.
Our score: N/A