Mobile Websites for Health Resources

by Amy Studer, Bruce Abbott – March 2, 2022

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This guide offers apps and web-based resources for smartphones and mobile devices to support clinicians at the point-of-care.




Amy Studer

Health Sciences Librarian


In this Guide:

Pulse Secure is a free VPN* app for Apple iOS and Android devices. Use Pulse Secure to log into the UC Davis network using either wifi or your telecommunication provider’s services when off-campus. It may be downloaded from iTunes or from Android app providers.

Pulse Secure download, installation instructions, & tech support

After the one-time installation and configuration steps, login to Pulse Secure using UC Davis Computing Account credentials (Kerberos passphrase) prior to navigating to licensed resources.

 *VPN stands for virtual private network.

Many of these resources are licensed either by the UC Davis Library or UC Davis Health. Access is restricted to the current UC Davis community.

Depending on the resource, access via a UC Davis wifi network (not guest) or authentication with the UC Davis Library VPN may be required. In addition, many of these apps require that users register for a personal account to access mobile content. Free resources are indicated in the link title.


UpToDate is a popular point-of-care clinical resource that includes over 10,000 topics in over 22 specialties, plus patient information, calculators, and news.

Here are the steps to enable the UpToDate mobile app:

  1. Start the process on a computer that is connected to the UC Davis network — either campus wifi (UCDH-prod or UC Davis Eduroam) or off-campus (UC Davis Library VPN or UCDH Cisco AnyConnect VPN). Additional information.
  2. On your computer, navigate to the UpToDate website to register for an UpToDate User Account, which will include setting up your personal User Name and Password.
  3. Download the UpToDate app on your mobile device from the Apple App Store or Google Play.
  4. When prompted to enter your UpToDate User Name and Password, enter the log-in credentials that you created in Step 2.
  5. For continued mobile access, UpToDate requires that once a month you log in to your UpToDate User Account while connected to the UC Davis campus network (see Step 1 for options).


Alternate titles: UTD, Up To Date

Essential Evidence Plus
Essential Evidence Plus is an evidence-based clinical decision support system, web-optimized for smartphones. Includes Essential Evidence Topics, Cochrane Systematic Reviews, EBMG Guidelines, evidence summaries, history and physical exam calculators, diagnostic test calculators, Daily POEMs, Derm Expert Image Viewer, E/M Coding, and other decision support tools.
Access from off-campus requires either Library VPN (Pulse Secure) or registering for a “Personal Profile.” See Registration Instructions (brief version) or User Guide (detailed).

VisualDx is a web-based clinical decision support system based on images from the physical exam. Includes Differential Builder, a symptom-based approach to diagnosis.

Register for username/password on homepage. Download for iPhone or Android.

Step-by-step instructions:

Epocrates (Free)

The free version of Epocrates includes drug information, an interaction checker, pill ID, calculators, and tables. Requires download and account registration.

Sign up for a free account. App is a free download and requires personal account registration.

The Epocrates Plus upgrade offers additional content: clinical practice guidelines, disease information, alternative medicine, ICD-9/CPT codes, infectious disease treatment, and labs.

IBM Micromedex Drug Ref

Micromedex offers comprehensive drug and toxicology information.

From homepage, select “Mobile Application Access.” Follow instructions about installing the app. A password (which changes periodically) will be provided, enabling the app.

Also available: IBM Micromedex NeoFax, IBM Micromedex Pediatrics, & IBM Micromedex IV Comp.


The Access Medicine app is intended for point of service reference and includes the following: quick medical Dx & Rx, Fitzpatrick’s Color Atlas of Clinical Dermatology, differential diagnosis tool, and diagnostic tests.

Note that it does not offer access to AccessMedicine’s full-text eBooks, except for Fitzgerald’s.

Register for a MyAccess account on the AccessMedicine website while logged in via the VPN or on a UC Davis networked computer. After installing the app, login using your MyAccess account user name and password.


Access calculators, textbooks, and drug information from your mobile device. Provides access to evidence-based practice, point-of-care resources, such as EBMCalc (or EBM Calc), Decker Medicine, Decker Surgery, and AAFP Conditions and other consumer health resources.

It is necessary to register on the site for a personal account in order to use the app.

Micromedex NeoFax Essentials
NeoFax provides drug and dosing information for neonatal and pediatric patients. Must be logged onto UC Davis network or VPN to use.
To install, access Micromedex via a computer that is either logged onto the UC Davis Library VPN or a UC Davis network. Select Micromedex NeoFax from the menu and note the “mobile” link to the upper right hand corner of the NeoFax website. There will be app download instructions with an access code on this page. The access code changes periodically.
Pediatric Surgery NaT (Not a Textbook)

A continuously updated point of care resource covering pediatric surgery topics.

To download onto a mobile or tablet device, create a username and password by registering for a personal account while on the UC Davis network. Then search for ASPA by Unbound Medicine from the relevant app store. Once downloaded, open the app and enter the personal account username and password.

User instructions

STS Cardiothoracic Surgery

A continuously updated point of care resource covering cardiothoracic surgery topics, including these resources and tools:

  • Pearson’s General Thoracic Surgery
  • Adult and Pediatric Cardiac Surgery
  • Prime PubMed

To download onto a mobile device, create a username and password by registering for a personal account while on the UC Davis network. Then search for STS Cardiothoracic Surgery by Unbound Medicine from the relevant app store. Once downloaded, open the app and enter the personal account username and password.

User instructions

ACP Clinical Guidelines
The ACP Clinical Guidelines app includes recommendations from American College of Physician’s Clinical Practice Guidelines, Guidance Statements, and Best Practice Advice papers. Provides convenient access to clinical recommendations and rationale, summary tables, algorithms, and high-value care advice for all currently active guidelines in an easy-to-read and interactive mobile format.

ACP Immunization Advisor
ACP Immunization Advisor includes guidance to current vaccine indications. Search by age or underlying medical circumstance, or browse the vaccine library to determine vaccines for adult patients. The latest immunization news and updates from ACP are also immediately available from within the application. The content in ACP Immunization Advisor is based on the 2021 ACIP Adult Immunization Schedule.

Canopy Speak Smart Medical Medical Phrases App
Translates thousands of medical phrases into fifteen languages. It enables clinicians to communicate with minority patients who have limited proficiency in English for common, straightforward, routine clinical communication. It includes a one-touch call button to connect the provider directly to the facility’s over-the-phone interpreter (OPI) line. While this app is free, users must create a personal Canopy login.

Drug information from the National Library of Medicine about marketed drugs, including FDA labels (package inserts).

LactMed offers information about drugs/supplements and breastfeeding, including maternal and infant drug levels, possible effects on lactation and on breastfed infants, and alternative drugs to consider.

Medline Plus
Consumer health information for patients and families. Covers diseases, conditions, medications, wellness topics, and the latest news. Available in English and Spanish.


BrowZine Journal Engagement Platform is a web-based platform and mobile app that enables users to quickly find, easily follow, and directly access the library’s licensed e-journals on any device. BrowZine visually presents the library’s e-journal full-text articles in a browsable and readable format with seamless synchronization across devices. Includes a My Bookshelf feature which enables users to add their favorite titles and receive notification of newly published articles (including articles in press).  Articles can be saved to My Articles for reading and referencing later.

To view library licensed full-text articles (pdfs) in BrowZine while off-campus or on the campus guest wifi network, users must be logged onto the library VPN (Pulse Secure).

Optimized for mobile devices, PubMed includes millions of citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. For access to Library-licensed full-text articles, login to Pulse Secure app.

EBSCO Mobile  
Search CINAHLplus, Academic Search Complete, SportDiscus & other databases on your mobile device.

Click on the EBSCO Mobile link and then select one or more databases to navigate to a page with information about EBSCO mobile. Select “iPhone and Android apps,” enter your email when prompted and you will be sent information about app installation and login.

OVID Today  
OVID today app enables users to browse, read, and save articles from library licensed OVID journals.

After installing app, activate the app by registering for a personal account from a UC Davis authenticated device or computer (UC Davis wifi network or Library VPN). You must re-activate every three months by logging onto your personal account from a UC Davis-authenticated computer.

Journal Club (free)
Wiki Journal Club (WJC) is a collaborative website providing concise summaries of landmark clinical trials.

CDC Mobile

This webpage provides links to mobile versions of popular CDC resources, including MMWR, Vital Signs, Preventing Chronic Disease and Emerging Infectious Disease (EID) Journals, Disease of the Week, Image Library, & “Did You Know?” facts.

World Bank Mobile

World Bank Mobile provides statistics about global health, poverty, and gender issues.

Audio Digest Platinum

AudioDigest Platinum is an online platform that offers provides access to over 5,000 audio lectures related to 16 medical specialties and topics. Of interest to physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dieticians, diabetes educators, and health professions students, residents, and fellows. Requires individual account registration while on-campus or logged in the Library VPN (Pulse Secure).

AudioDigest mobile version guide

All UC Davis affiliates can earn CME/CE credits by listening to audio lectures through the AudioDigest platform. The mobile version allows downloading of audio files.

Audio-Digest quick start guide

Note: For best results, view outside of the Citrix environment.

Thanks to Francis Francisco for his work in migrating this content to our new website.