Check out our updated review of QxMD Read here!

Purpose of App Review

  • Assess QxMD Read ease of use in linking with a libraries proxy access to gain access to the medical literature
  • Determine utilization of QxMD Read in accessing journal articles and sharing with others


Using a mobile device to access the medical literature via an app is a new development in the medical app market.

Several apps currently exist, and QxMD has recently released a new app to help easily read journal articles.

One thing that QxMD is trying to do is create a very user friendly app to help navigate medical journals easier and intuitive for users.

User Interface:

Upon opening up the app, the user will need to create an account with QxMD. The user will also need to enter their password for proxy access to their institution library to gain access to all of their medical journals.

Upon finishing this, the app opens up to a easy to use interface.

Key features of the app is the ability to select what journals or specialty that the user wishes to have quick access to and update. For those familiar with Zite of Flipboard, this is very similar to following a website or topic.

After selection of the journals and specialties that the user wishes to follow, it is very simple then to navigate the app to find and read articles. Browsing is easily done by sliding to the journal the user wishes to read. After selection of the journal, the user then ‘flips’ with their fingers the journal like a book to see articles published. A short synopsis is given that usually follows the abstract such as on Pubmed.

It is also possible to search key terms for articles that may be of interest to the user.

Once you select an article, the article will then be downloaded via the app for the user to then read in full.

Tapping the finished downloaded article will then bring the user to the full PDF.

A nice feature of the app is the ability to then share the article with others via Facebook, Twitter, and also by emailing the document to others. Articles can also be favorited to access later. There is also the ability to post to a discussion board about the article as well within the app.

One thing that users may feel uncomfortable is what data is collected from their use of this app. However, QxMD is pretty transparent about their use of user data in the privacy section of the app.


  • Free – Use will require that affiliated institution has an account with medical journals


  • Ability to easily search for journals to add to the app – Developer support has been great
  • App is very easy to navigate and intuitive for use
  • Easy to read and access articles
  • Articles can be emailed to others or favorited for future reading


  • No ability to annotate articles within the app or send to other PDF apps for use
  • No ability to sort favorited articles into categories via the app
  • Data collected on user may not be desirable for some users as stated in the apps ‘Privacy Policy’

Healthcare providers that would benefit from the app:

  • Medical Residents
  • Medical Students
  • Health Professionals


  • Read by QxMD is a very well laid out app that is very easy to navigate and use to browse the medical literature. The ability to share selected articles is great and will be very useful to those that work with others through collaboration.

iMedicalApps recommended?

  • Yes

Rating: 4.75 out of 5
User Interface – 4
Multimedia usage – 5
Price – 5
Real world applicability – 5

App Specifics
Last Updated: December 12, 2012
Compatibility: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Requires: iOS 5.0 or later
Reviewed on: iPad 2

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