GI Hep app for Android barely makes the cut

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Purpose of App Review

To explore a gastroenterology and hepatology medical app for clinical and research use.

Introduction

GI Hep is a compact and informative app full of gastroenterologic, hepatologic, endoscopic, and intestinal material.

The content ranges from topic-specific papers to journal table of contents from top publications in the gastroenterology and hepatology arenas.

The app is essentially a citation database containing references on the different subject categories and journals depicted.

The following are some examples:

  • Gastroenterology
  • Hepatology
  • Gut
  • Journal of Hepatology
  • GIE
  • American Journal of Gastroenterology
  • CGH
  • Endoscopy
  • Seminars in Liver Disease
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Pancreas

It is also worth noting that there is a Contact page at the bottom of the subject category list where users can send a message to the app developers. This is a useful feature that not all medical apps possess; not directly from the app itself at least. Also noteworthy is the GI Hep web resource which includes many interactive calculators.

User Interface

The GI Hep app consists of three different types of pages: the categories list, the results page, and the reference record page. Users begin on the categories list and choose their desired topic, followed by browsing the list of references, and ultimately choosing a reference’s abstract to view.

The intuitive flow of information makes it easy for users to navigate the GI Hep app. Functionally, the app performs well with minor glitches like some force close issues and long load times. However, these problems are not frequent and are tolerable for most users.

When on an abstract record, there are no links pointing to the full text or the web. This is a major shortcoming of GI Hep and may be a deal breaker for some users. Connecting this app to the web with links to other citation databases (e.g. PubMed) or publisher sites online would make it more appealing to a wider group of professionals.

Price

  • Free

Likes

  • Organization, flow of information, and easy navigation
  • References to trusted journal articles and publications
  • Contact screen to voice concerns or suggestions about the app to the developers

Dislikes

  • Lack of linking to online resources for accessing full text articles
  • Force close notices and long load times (occasional)

Conclusions

  • A helpful tool mainly for professionals conducting research in the areas of gastroenterology and hepatology
  • Lists references from journals and other reputable scholarly publications
  • App broken down into categories for easy perusal of desired information

iMedicalApps recommended?

  • Yes

Google Play Link 

Rating: (1 to 5 stars) – 3.75

  1. User Interface – 4
  2. Multimedia usage – 3 (Lacking in different mediums of delivering information)
  3. Price – 5
  4. Real world applicability – 3

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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