Top 5 Apps for Healthcare Professionals with Disabilities

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Top 5 Apps for Healthcare Professionals with Disabilities

Individuals with disabilities face many barriers when entering the workforce and there
are additional challenges for those who want to go into healthcare. According to a study
published in 2012
, “since 2001, only 0.56 percent of matriculating and 0.42 percent of
graduating medical students have physical or sensory disabilities.” If you’re a healthcare
professional with a disability, these are a few apps that can make your work easier and
more accessible.

Connecteam

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Connecteam is used for managing a medical office team. For individuals with the
responsibility of managing staff, this Connecteam could be a great option to consider.
The app helps keep track of employees’ schedules, payroll, paperwork, and more. Staff
can put their availability into the app so managers will know when staff can be
scheduled to work and collaboration can occur if changes to shifts are necessary. Each
time a staff member clocks in the app will track the time they work and export it to make
payroll easier. Along with scheduling and payroll, the app offers digital checklists and
forms to make paperwork easier as well. This app can be beneficial to health care
professionals with disabilities because everything is digital and available on a mobile
device.

Medscape

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Medscape is incredibly helpful for health care workers. It was designed by the creators
of WebMD and gives health care workers access to accurate information from reliable
sources. Medscape has drug information, patient care tutorials, disease references, and
clinical tools, such as dosing calculators, drug interactions, pill identifiers, and
prescription information for about 8,000 drugs. The app’s database includes more than
4,000 medical conditions and 1,000 medical procedures. It can be very useful for health
care professionals who might have a hard time remembering things.

Voice4u AAC

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Voice4u is an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) app that can help
workers who have difficulty speaking or communicating with others. It includes more
than 180 icons and you can add to the built-in library by creating your own icons or
recording your voice. If you’re a healthcare professional that has a hard time
communicating, this could aid in communicating more effectively at work. By tapping the
icons associated with the preprogrammed words the device will speak the words out
loud.

Be My Eyes

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Be My Eyes is an app that’s specifically designed for blind and low vision people. It
allows individuals to connect with sighted volunteers who can offer assistance by seeing
a person’s surroundings through the camera on the device. For example, these
volunteers can help an individual find dropped or lost items, read labels, describe
pictures or items, and more. For health care workers with blindness, the app can be
very helpful and eliminate worrying about asking someone nearby for help when it’s
needed.

Productive – Habit Tracker

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Productive is an app designed to help with managing habits and keeping a routine. It
allows users to add habits and keep track of everything that they do. It’s especially
useful for workers with intellectual disabilities who might have a hard time keeping track
of tasks or sticking to a routine. Health care professionals with intellectual disabilities
can benefit from this app and experience easier workdays.