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Health (Nursing, Medicine, Allied Health)

Guide to research sources and tools for locating health evidence in books, journals, databases.

What are Point of Care Tools?

"Point-of-care" (POC) resources provide practitioners with filtered and timely access to high quality evidence to support patient care decisions in the clinical setting.  While designed for clinicians as a resource to make timely decisions, these tools provide a valuable starting point for students seeking overviews, summaries, and pre-appraised evidence for diseases, interventions, patient level education materials, and literature reviews to support evidence synthesis projects, such as "PICO" projects.

Point of Care resources differ from health databases (e.g., PubMed and CINAHL, which provide individual studies that must be evaluated and contextualized). POC syntheses and monographs are kept current and often produced as mobile apps for clinicians' convenience.

Table of Contents for Point of Care Tools & Mobile Health Apps

Nursing Reference Center Plus

Nursing Reference Center (NRC) Plus Logo.

Directions for Accessing NRCPlus App

  1. Go to the NRC Home Page
  2. Scroll to the very bottom of the page and click 'NRC Plus Mobile App Access'
  3. You will be prompted to enter an email address  ***Make sure you use an email address you can access from your mobile device!***
  4. You will be sent a list of instructions to download the app and an authentication link. This link must be opened from the mobile device where the app is installed!


UpToDate App Icon.

Directions for Accessing UpToDate App

  1. Open UpToDate via the library's subscription
  2. Register to create a personal account
  3. Download the free UpToDate app in your device's app store.
  4. Sign in with the username and password you created in Step 2.

**Note: To maintain your access to UpToDate you will need to confirm your affiliation with NYU Hospitals Center and NYU School of Medicine every 90 days. To do this simply, login UpToDate.


Micromedex Icons.Drug Reference

Free Micromedex Drug Reference provides clinical care professionals with on-the-go access to the industry’s most trusted drug information, when and where it’s needed most. 

IV Compatibility

When multiple IV medications are combined, the risk of complication is very real. Efficacy of one or more drugs can be reduced or a potentially dangerous incompatibility can occur. With this app you will have access to the largest, most comprehensive IV compatibility resource.

Drug Interactions

With Drug Interactions, clinicians can check a patient’s entire medication list simultaneously for potentially harmful interactions and view severity ratings that range from contraindicated to minor.

Directions for Accessing Micromedex App

  1. Enter Micromedex 
  2. In the RESOURCES section found on the right, select "Download Mobile Apps".
  3. Scroll down to "Micromedex Apps on Mobile Devices".  Click the heading to expand that section.  
  4. Follow the instructions and prompts for the Micromedex app(s) of your choosing (IBM Micromedex® Drug Ref, Drug Int., or IV Comp.)

Pediatrics Essentials by Micromedex

Micromedex Pediatrics Essentials App Icon.

​Pediatrics Essentials is a reliable resource for on-the-go access to evidence-based drug information to efficiently and safely manage drug therapy for pediatric patients. It allows clinicians to make accurate and more informed treatment decisions at the point of care, while minimizing errors in this vulnerable patient population. This pediatric-specific app has clinical value for doctors, nurses, and pharmacists. An internet connection is not required, allowing you to make decisions with confidence at anytime, from anywhere. 

Directions for Accessing Pediatrics Essentials App

  1. Enter Micromedex
  2. In the RESOURCES section found on the right, select "Download Mobile Apps". Button in Micromedex to 'Download Mobile Apps'.
  3. Scroll down to "Micromedex Apps on Mobile Devices".  Click the heading to expand that section.  
  4. Follow the instructions and prompts for "IBM Micromedex® Pediatrics"

NeoFax Essentials by Micromedex

NeoFax Essentials App Icon.

NeoFax has a 25-plus year reputation as the leading neonatal drug information resource, and the Pediatrics content provides robust, evidence-based, fully-referenced content, with the off-label focus necessary for these patient populations. It is backed by the comprehensive editorial content and clinical rigor of Micromedex, using evidence-based data developed after careful review of the neonatal and pediatric literature.

Directions for Accessing NeoFax Essentials App

  1. Enter Micromedex 
  2. In the RESOURCES section found on the right, select "Download Mobile Apps". Button in Micromedex to 'Download Mobile Apps'.
  3. Scroll down to "Micromedex Apps on Mobile Devices".  Click the heading to expand that section.  
  4. Follow the instructions and prompts for "IBM Micromedex® NeoFax"

uCentral by Unbound Medicine

Icon for uCentral App.Directions for Accessing uCentral App

  1. Access uCentral via the library's subscription.
  2. Click on the "Mobile" link in the top toolbar to Register for a uCentral account. 
  3. Once you have registered, you will be able to download the app from your device's app store.
  4. Sign into the app with your uCentral account credentials.


LexiComp App Icon.Directions for Accessing Lexicomp App

(Wolters Kluwer offers detailed directions to Access Your Lexicomp App)

  1. Create an account on the Lexicomp My Account page.  Make sure you use your NYU email address to create the account
  2. Login to your account.
  3. Add the subscription authorization code (found on the Lexicomp authorization code look up page). 
  4. Download the app onto your device and sign in with your Lexicomp account to activate it.



Epocrates app icon.Join over 1 million health care professionals worldwide who use Epocrates in the moments of care:

  • Review drug prescribing and safety information for thousands of brand, generic, and OTC drugs
  • Check for potentially harmful drug-drug interactions among up to 30 drugs at a time
  • Identify pills by imprint code and physical characteristics
  • Access timely medical news and research information
  • Find providers for consults and referrals in the Provider Directory
  • Select national and regional health care insurance formularies for drug coverage information
  • Perform dozens of calculations, such as BMI and GFR

Directions for Accessing Epocrates

Download the free Epocrates through your device's app store:

Android App on GooglePlay button.  Download on the Apple App Store button.



Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database icon.Directions for Accessing NMCD App

  1. Access Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database via the library's subscription.
  2. In the upper right corner, click 'Get Your Login ID' and create your NMCD profile
  3. Download the NMCD App from your device's app store.
  4. Use your CE ID# and NO PASSWORD to login to the app.


Access Medicine logo.The AccessMedicine app contains:

  • Quick Medical Dx & Rx - a collection of concise evidence-based outlines of conditions and disorders most often encountered in medical practice – perfect for high-yield review or for quick reference in the clinical setting.
  • Fitzpatrick’s Color Atlas of Clinical Dermatology - facilitates dermatologic diagnosis by providing color images of skin lesions, plus a summary outline of skin disorders and diseases. 
  • Differential Diagnosis Tool - provides more than 1,000 diagnoses through Diagnosaurus®, a McGraw-Hill Medical tool that efficiently allows you to browse by symptom, disease, or organ system at the point of care.
  • Diagnostic Tests - from Pocket Guide to Diagnostic Tests, a quick reference guide to the selection and interpretation of commonly used diagnostic tests, including laboratory procedures in the clinical setting.

Directions for Accessing AccessMedicine App

The AccessMedicine app is available to users at institutions with a full site license.

  1. Sign up for a MyAccess account today by logging into the NYU subscription and clicking on your institution name in the upper right hand corner. 
  2. To download the app to you mobile device, please visit the App Store or Google Play
  3. On your mobile device, open the app and log in with your MyAccess account credentials*

*To activate and for continued access to the app, the user must have an active My Access account and sign in every 90 days through the institution, either on-site or through a VPN. 

Point of Care Tools with No App Available