Orkov app for Android offers a PubMed interface alternative

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Purpose of App Review

To highlight an app that searches the PubMed database and may possibly act as an alternative interface for Physicians and researchers.

Introduction

Orkov for Android offers an alternative interface to searching the PubMed database. Orkov also searches other National Institutes of Health (NIH) websites, though the specific names of them are not easily found.

User Interface

Orkkov‘s homescreen is as simple as a logo and a search box, making it easy to get started. Some users may appreciate the succinct nature of the app. Others though, may be more comfortable with additional options, which can be found in the ADVANCED search section of the app. Unfortunately, it is not overtly apparent where the ADVANCED section is. The user must tap the information button on their device to get to more options like SETTINGS, PDFs, ADVANCED, and MORE.

Once a search has been run and results retrieved, it is intuitive to tap on a title to view the abstract and full citation of an article and see the available options–users can view the reference on the web, go to related references, or go back to the main homescreen to perform another search. The simplicity of Orkov will be appealing to most users.

However, the results display could be a little cleaner. Upon first glance it looks a bit antiquated. Aesthetically, the app could use some tweaking, but it makes up for this by being functional and robust enough to limit searches, download PDFs (articles that are publicly-funded and freely available on the web), and email lists of results.

Price

  • Free

Likes

  • Easy, intuitive design and functionality
  • Downloading and emailing capabilities
  • Saving PDFs directly from app
  • Advanced search feature option

Dislikes

  • Long load times (occassionaly)
  • Aesthetically inadequate
  • Bookmarking ability not apparent, even though it is advertised upon downloading
  • Nondescript disclosure of primary databases and sources

Conclusion

  • A sufficient alternative to searching the PubMed interface
  • Easy to use for all levels of tech comfortability
  • Some options should be more outright visible for more advanced users looking to be more specific with searches
  • Users can email, download, and save references directly from the app interface

iMedicalApps recommended?

  • Yes

Google Play Link

Rating: (1 to 5 stars) – 4

  1. User Interface – 4
  2. Multimedia usage – 3 (could expand to include searching of video and image databases)
  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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