Purpose of App Review
- To vet a consumer app for at-home remedies of commonly found illnesses.
Doctor At Home is an app focused on the consumer which offers home remedies for some common diseases and ailments.
It is unclear where the information found in this app is being taken from.
The developer cautions users to use the information at their own risk; she/he is not responsible for anything that may occur as a result of trying a listed remedy.
Users must choose from a predefined list of illnesses/symptoms available in the resource.
They are as follows:
Doctor At Home has the potential to be such a reliable app for consumers and patients, but instead falls short of achieving this. There is no clear authority on where the information is coming from, nor is there a way for users to share what they find in the app with their friends, doctors, family, etc. These lacking functions make Doctor At Home an untrustworthy source of consumer health information.
In regard to the app’s aesthetics, it is visually appealing and easy to use. The hierarchy of pages is intuitive and it is simple enough that users of any level would be able to navigate it comfortably. After choosing an illness/symptom, the user is given a series of options to choose from. These are mainly herbs or other natural foods/substances. Once an option is chosen, a short description appears with how the chosen entity functions to remedy the ailment in question.
- Structure, design, and functionality–information flows well
- Aesthetic of the interface
- Transparency–unclear where the information is coming from
- Users unable to reference the information found
- Inability to share information from the app itself
- No search functionality with the app
- An app of at-home remedy options for common diseases and their symptoms
- Not able to share information or cite where an item description is coming from
- Information found in this app should be evaluated and run by a healthcare professional before being trusted as fact
Rating: (1 to 5 stars) – 2.75
- User Interface – 4
- Multimedia usage – 0 (app is static)
- Price – 5
- Real world applicability – 2 (has the potential to be much better)
Phone used for review: Samsung Fascinate (Galaxy S phone)
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.