By Carlos Rueda, MD, WEO E-media Committee member

Gastroenterologists and endoscopists have to cope with a tremendous flow of medical information. But time restrictions in our hectic, daily practice can lead to major challenges when it comes to analyzing and applying such information. In particular, for gastroenterologists and endoscopists, there are several apps which can help.

There are free and paid apps available. They can be utilized according to individual necessities, and provide updated information on clinical guidelines, algorithms, consensus, protocols, scores and interactive tables – for instance, the MELD classification. The use of apps has seen exponential growth in the last few years and nowadays there are many to choose from. Apps can be incredibly helpful to our daily work. All in all, apps make the clinical and academic performance easier and better. Below is a selection of useful apps for endoscopy – which ones do you use? Do you have any others to suggest to fellow endoscopists? Let us know! All apps listed below are available both for iPhone and Android.

Even though it is a paid app, it is extremely useful in solving clinical challenges. As a metasearch engine, it finds 10 to 15 topics generally, each of which generate several more related topics related to your search. It can be used in up to two different mobile devices, and the information load is rather large.

Best Practice (BMJ)
With low annual cost, BMJ includes 120 gastroenterological topics, with the additional option to select surgical topics. It provides information on affordable clinical treatments, links with available guidelines, and some full text related references. Therefore, it is ideal for the teaching process.

Read by QxMD
In this highly recommended free app, the clinician selects his or her own area of interest. The user then receives a complete report of international publications linked to the selected topics. Some of them can be obtained in full text.

Calculate by QxMD
The free app contains tables and algorithms that are useful for several specialties. It helps with pre-surgical assessments, especially with digestive focus, and provides tables concerned with upper GI bleeding, pancreatitis scores, hepatology data, etc.

This free app provides complete information about 27 different hepatology diseases, as well as clinical definitions, diagnosis, score, complications, treatments, and other interesting links.

Stroop Test (Encephalapp)
This free app evaluates hepatic encephalopathy grading, utilizing colors and word combinations, and has been useful in the daily evaluation, especially of outpatient cases.

The free app evaluates acute cholecystitis and acute colangitis, according to the Tokyo Guidelines.