Purpose of App Review
To evaluate the usefulness of Color Atlas and Synopsis of Pediatric Dermatology in helping healthcare providers diagnose children’s skin conditions.
Dermatologic conditions can often be confusing, especially to medical trainees and less experienced physicians.
Many rashes can look similar to the untrained eye, and it is important to distinguish between serious conditions and more benign ones.
The Color Atlas and Synopsis of Pediatric Dermatology app by Usatine Media provides a fairly comprehensive look at the most common dermatologic conditions.
It comes complete with color photos and explanations of the associated conditions, including epidemiology, pathophysiology, differential diagnosis, and management. This app costs $79.99 and is available for iOS and Android.
The user interface of this app is decent, but not perfect. The app opens to a list of general dermatologic topics, such as Cutaneous Findings in the Newborn, Disorders of Blood and Lymph Vessels, Hypersensitivity Reactions, and various bacterial, fungal, and viral infections. Unfortunately, this list seems to be in no particular order, so it may take awhile to find the category relevant to your patient or interest.
Additionally, some skin conditions are grouped together, making it more confusing to locate them. For example, selecting Vascular Changes Associated with Systemic Disease (under Disorders of Blood and Lymph Vessels) gives you information about Livedo Reticularis, Cutis Marmorata Teleangiectatica Congenita and Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia. However, all three of these conditions are displayed on the same continuous screen and in random order.
Fortunately, there is a search function available as well as an index, which may allow you to find a pertinent skin condition more quickly. The index is in alphabetical order with thumbnails.
Once you choose a dermatologic condition, the information reads like a book and is fairly thorough. Each entry includes:
- Physical Examination (including pictures)
- Differential Diagnosis
- Laboratory Examinations
- Course and Prognosis
Tapping any thumbnail enlarges the photo for a better view.
Though the information is well organized, it would be helpful for the app to make use of the touchscreen to allow the user to jump to the different subtopics without having to scroll through copious amounts of text.
- The clinical utility of this app is unquestionable. This app is perfect for medical students, residents, pediatricians, and dermatologists alike. It is full of useful information both for point-of-care reference and dedicated studying.
- Numerous high quality color photos
- Well-organized information
- Comprehensive inclusion of dermatologic conditions
- Some areas of the user interface could use improvement
- Price is steep
Healthcare providers that would benefit from the app
- Medical trainees
Rating: (1 to 5 stars)
Overall: 4 stars
User Interface: 4 stars-Simple enough to navigate, but with room for improvement.
Multimedia usage: 5 stars-Vibrant pictures and simple text.
Price: 3 stars-Price may be a little high for the amount of use that medical trainees would get out of it, but the price is comparable or cheaper than similar text atlases.
Real world applicability: 5 stars-This app is great for looking up dermatological conditions quickly and for studying them.