Purpose of App Review

How useful is this app in teaching about hypertension?

Introduction

Learning the complex pathophysiology of diseases can seem like a daunting task. Reading physiology from a textbook prevents the reader from visualizing the actual processes that happen throughout our bodies, making the learning process especially hard. Focus Medica has created a series of apps that include animated videos to teach the pathophysiology of numerous diseases, including hypertension, which can be used as learning tools for patients and possibly for students.

User Interface

The Atlas of Hypertension contains several categories of videos that first pop-up when the app is started. These include the RAAS and Sympathetic Nervous System, Causative Factors, and Complications and Treatment. Each of these categories has around 15-20 short animated videos associated with them to teach the various aspects of hypertension.

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Unfortunately, the free version of the app only comes with the first video in each of these categories. Using the free version, each of the videos is about 1-2 minutes in length. When you choose a video to watch, you are taken to a screen that has pictures as well as a transcript of the video which can be useful to read before or after the video to get a better understanding of the concepts taught.

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The videos open in-app and have great animations that really make the pathophysiology easy to understand and conceptualize. For example, the atherosclerosis video shows plaque formation within the blood vessels and how it can lead to clot formation. There is also an easy to understand narration that goes along with each video.

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Of the videos that were available, the information did seem very basic. This app may be useful for getting a superficial and visual understanding of the disease, but other sources may be needed depending on the user’s needs. Each video section also gives the user the ability to take notes that are saved and available to access from the main screen. Each of the videos can also be added to a list of favorites to bookmark for later.

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However, as mentioned before, the free version of the app only comes with 1 video in each category. To get the other videos, you need to purchase the paid version.

Price

  • Free (Paid version is $39.99)

Likes

  • Great animated videos to help visualize the pathophysiology of hypertension.
  • Transcripts available for each video in case the user wants to read about the topic

Dislikes

  • The free version of the app only comes with 3 videos.
  • The information in each app is not detailed. The videos may only be useful to get a general and visual understanding of the disease.

Healthcare providers that would benefit from the app

  • Anyone–such as a student–who is learning or wants to learn about hypertension.

Patients that would benefit from the app

  • This app may also be useful for patients with hypertension who want to learn more about their disease.

Conclusion

This app creates a great way to get a basic understanding of hypertension. The animated videos are very well done and can help bring information from textbooks or other sources to life. This app can be a great way for patients to learn about their disease.  Unfortunately, the price of the paid app to access all of the videos is $39.99 bringing it to the expensive end of iPhone apps. This app is currently not available on the Android platform.

iMedicalApps recommended?

  • Yes

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Rating: (1 to 5 stars)
Overall: 3.75 Stars.

  1. User Interface – 5/5 Stars. The app is very easy to use and has extra features such as being able to bookmark videos and add notes.
  2. Multimedia usage – 5/5. The animated videos are very well made and do a great job explaining the disease process.
  3. Price – 1/5 Stars. Free but limited. Paid version for all of the videos is $39.99.
  4. Real world applicability – 4/5 Stars. This app can be very useful for getting a basic understanding of hypertension for anyone who is interested in learning about the disease. It can be used by medical students, patients, etc. However, from the limited videos that could be seen in the free version of the app, this app may need to be supplemented with additional material depending on the depth of understanding needed.

Compatibility: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch 3rd, 4th and 5th generation and iPad. Requires iOS 5.1 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. Tested on: iPad 2

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.