While most of the education-themed apps in the App Store and Google Play are focused on early education, both app stores also are a hot bed for education and research apps for the medical community. In fact, when Apple initially launched its Volume Purchasing Program, it did so with medical students in mind.
Last year, CompTIA predicted that half of all physicians would use smartphone applications to aid them in the workplace, with 38 percent of physicians using medical apps on daily basis. Healthcare professionals as well as students in the field use medical education apps for a variety of purposes, including everything from reference material and continuing their education to helping to determine a diagnosis.
The Stanford University School of Medicine and the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, among others, also give incoming students an iPad preloaded with various education apps.
Visual Anatomy is an excellent example of this growing market. The tool gives users access to over 1200 images from the famous Gray's Anatomy textbook, and users can pinch-to-zoom in on all the images and charts. All content is accessible offline, making studying on-the-go or in locations without 3G or Wi-Fi access even easier. The app even includes quizzes for studying purposes.
Although some of the images in Visual Anatomy may not be as feature-rich as in other medical apps, Visual Anatomy is available at a price point that should attract students and professionals alike.