One of my passions is practicing and teaching evidence-based medicine (EBM). Many of the reviews I select to write on iMedicalApps are apps that connect the user to EBM. Every year, my top 10 app lists are filled with EBM apps. Many of the top medical references such as UpToDate, DynaMed Plus, and Essential Evidence contain great EBM information and are easily accessed at the point of care. However, I am somewhat surprised by the number of practitioners I lecture about medical apps who do not have access to these wonderful, but somewhat expensive references.
The University of Edinburgh has created an app that intends to bring high-quality, free or low-cost references on common medical diagnoses to the masses. DiagnosisView brings material from the NHS, MedlinePlus, and NICE (among others) to help students, residents, and junior faculty at the point of care.
DiagnosisView compiles these primarily free resources into one app dedicated to common diagnoses (over 1,000 included to date). The app content comes from reputable sources — some of which readily include references, but others do not. The content is aimed toward physicians in training and junior faculty, especially primary care providers. The app may not be comprehensive enough for those looking for a highly evidence-based resource such as DynaMed, Essential Evidence, or UpToDate.
DiagnosisView is an app we want to root for since it attempts to bring high-quality information to healthcare practitioners at a bargain price without just resorting to “Dr. Google.”
- Has reputable information on over 1,000 diagnoses
- Multiple free sources for each item searched with numerous hyperlinks/references
- Available for Android
- Search function could be more intuitive with much screen space wasted
- Some information returned is at best at the level of medical student/patient
- NICE guidelines and some other resources are only available to users in the U.K. without a subscription
This post originally appeared on iMedicalApps.com.