Purpose of App Review

  • to evaluate the breadth of resources available through the ACOG app
  • to evaluate access to ACOG Committee Opinions
  • to evaluate user-interface and usability of the ACOG app

Introduction

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) provides guidance, support and leadership to America’s obstetricians and gynecologists (Ob/Gyn). Until recently, the best way to access ACOG’s updates and resources has been through their website. As of April 2013, you can now access key ACOG resources through the ACOG app.

User Interface

The home screen of the app gives you access to all of the app’s sections, as well as the ability to search, change settings, and update the app.

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Each section is arranged slightly different, based on its content. The Top 25 ACOG Committee Opinions section brings you to an index from which you can scroll through and pick your publication of interest.

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The chosen publication then comes up in a drop-down section format (not PDF format).

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The acog.org section opens up the ACOG website within the app. From here you can access all the features of the ACOG website. If you are an ACOG member, you can sign in and even access the PDF formats of Practice Bulletins and Committee Opinions.  Unfortunately, you cannot open these PDF files in other apps nor email them.

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The Immunization section allows you to look up immunization recommendations by age, profile, and vaccine type.

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This section also offers checklists for office readiness to give immunizations, as well as laws and regulations of immunizations.

The Patient Education section offers PDFs on various patient education topics such as contraception, pregnancy, women’s health, and special procedures. Again, the app does not allow you to forward these PDFs by email.

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Price

  • free

Likes

  • free access to the most popular committee opinions
  • multiple ways to look up recommended immunizations
  • app applies to providers and patients
  • variety of resources available through the app
  • ability to access the ACOG website within the app

Dislikes

  • practice bulletins not available within app
  • cannot email app PDFs nor open them in other applications

Healthcare providers that would benefit from the app

  • Healthcare providers desiring access to ACOG news, clinical opinions, immunization recommendations, contact information, annual clinical meeting details, and patient FAQs sheets

Patients that may benefit from app

  • Patients curious to see updates from ACOG and access patient FAQ sheets–this information is generally easy to access and does not require a password.

Conclusion

  • The ACOG medical app provides access to key ACOG resources, including free access to patient education material, top committee opinions, and immunization recommendations. The app is helpful to both providers and patients, but has technologic limitations for out of app use of materials. Per the ACOG website, an Android app is planned in the future. The ACOG app is available for the iPad and the iPhone.

iMedicalApps recommended?

  • Yes

iTunes Link

Rating: 4.25/5
1. User Interface – 5.  Home screen allows easy access to all features. All screens allow immediate return to home screen. Search function available.
2. Multimedia usage – 4. No videos available, but magazines and FAQs available in PDF format. Utilizes smooth transitions and split screen.
3. Price – 5.  Free!
4. Real world applicability – 3.  Would use a few times a week to look up immunization details and committee opinions.

App version: 1.02
Compatibility: iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad; optimized for iPhone 5
Requires: iOS 5.0 or later
Tested on: iPhone 4S

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 healthcare provider. It does not provide the definitive statement on the subject addressed. Before using these apps please consult with your own physician or healthcare 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 healthcare provider.