AHRQ ePSS exemplifies quality medical app provided to Physicians by US Department of HHS

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Introduction

AHRQ ePSS may be a mouthful of an app to speak, but it’s surely not as complicated as it may seem. The app is the Electronic Preventive Services Selector (ePSS) developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which is part of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (HRQ).

AHRQ ePSS helps clinicians to better assess the screening, counseling, and medication services and treatments appropriate for their patients.

Users can enter their patient’s information on the homescreen form and get results on the following screen broken down by the grade of recommendation (A, B, C, D, or I).

 

User Interface

AHRQ ePSS focuses on delivering the best quality recommendations to users based on the information provided. The app does a good job of displaying these recommendations, but not such a great job of making the levels of recommendations apparent. A user would only know what the levels A, B, C, D or I mean if they have already used the web version of this resource, or if they tap on “… More” –> “Grade Definitions.”

Not every user will take the needed steps to get at this information. Because of this perhaps AHRQ could make the grade recommendations more visible on the search results screen.

To clarify: a grade of A or B means they are recommended, D means not recommended, and C or I means uncertain.

Aside from this minor confusion for some users, the app is easy to use and is laid out in an understandable way for most users. The green stars displayed next to some results denote the highest recommendation grade (A) and should be taken into account first. This is a good system when it comes to mobile applications as space is sometimes a major issue in making the app look and feel intuitive.

Users are also able to save specific searches and share their results with other applications on their device.

Price

  • Free

Likes

  • Easy, intuitive design and functionality
  • Sharing capabilities, saving searches, and bookmarking results
  • Government agency developed app
  • Green star recommendation system

Dislikes

  • Long load time upon initial use
  • Inadequate definition of recommendation levels

Conclusion

  • A useful app for clinicians looking for recommendations on screening, counseling, and preventive medications
  • Mobile version as well as web version freely available
  • Can save searches, bookmark, and share results from your device

iMedicalApps recommended?

  • Yes

Google Play Link

 iOS: iMedicalApps iPhone review of AHRQ ePSS

Rating: (1 to 5 stars) – 4.5

  1. User Interface – 4
  2. Multimedia usage – 5 (no need for multimedia use)
  3. Price – 5
  4. Real world applicability – 4

Phone used for review: Samsung Fascinate (Galaxy S phone)

Disclaimer:
This post does not establish, nor is it intended to establish, a patient physician relationship with anyone. It does not substitute for professional advice, and does not substitute for an in-person evaluation with your health care provider. It does not provide the definitive statement on the subject addressed. Before using these apps please consult with your own physician or health care provider as to the apps validity and accuracy as this post is not intended to affirm the validity or accuracy of the apps in question. The app(s) mentioned in this post should not be used without discussing the app first with your health care provider.

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  • A must have app, especially for primary care physicians in training, residency, or post-residency. I refer to this app on a regular basis to review and double check proper screening regimens and protocol. ATPIII guidelines app is a good supplement, but this app has a lot hidden within it. Dig around and you will be pleasantly surprised with what else it has to offer.

    Dr. B

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