Tools and apps

Useful tools and apps to support staff during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak with:

  • Accessing evidence to support clinical decisions
  • Useful websites
  • Remote working and consultations
  • Communication with colleagues and patients
Clinical Decision Support Apps

These apps be downloaded to your phone or tablet for ease of access or accessed via a computer via The Knowledge Network Point of Care. If you are accessing any of the below outwith the NHS network, sign in with your NHSScotland OpenAthens account. If you need an account, register for free.

BNF and BNFC (up to date information about medicines)

BMJ Best Practice (clinical evidence summaries)

We recommend following instructions to create a personal account and download the app from the BMJ Best Practice website. See How to download the app for more information.

DynaMed (clinical evidence summaries)

We recommend creating a personal account on the DynaMed website first which you can use to access the app. See Help to install the app for more information. 


Remote Working and Communication
Messaging Apps for tablets or smartphones

Mobile Messaging

  •   WhatsApp: Widely used and you can create group chats

There are two Apps with similar functionality used by some Boards

  •   Hospify: Free, data compliant, secure text and photo messaging app approved by the NHS Apps Library
  •   Pando: You need an email to use

Related information governance guidance

Note: you may also want to discuss local policies with your Information Governance team.