Purpose of App Review
- To review a prescribing reference tool for healthcare professionals.
There are many different flavors of medication-based apps for Android.
Perhaps one of the most replete when it comes to helpful prescribing information, is the Monthly Prescribing Reference (MPR) application.
Healthcare professionals can use this tool to reference drug information, including interactions and side effects.
The monograph information found within MPR comes from both prescription and over the counter (OTC) medications.
Information can be searched by therapeutic category, brand name, generic name, disease or manufacturer. There is even the ability to send the monograph (or other information) via e-mail to oneself for colleagues.
The list of therapeutic categories to choose from in MPR is both exhaustive and intuitive. Users will be able to choose a category and a sub-category to further target their desired list of medication information to review. The hierarchy of pages in MPR follows an understandable flow and lead to a succinct list of medications for users to peruse. There is little confusion as to where the users came from or where they are going throughout the search process.
Users can also add categories, sub-categories, and monographs into their bookmarks. The bookmarks section can be accessed from any screen by tapping on their device’s menu icon and choosing More.
Under More, users will notice the bookmarks option. This saving feature of commonly used or referenced materials is a helpful feature of MPR.
- Intuitive design and understandable hierarchy of pages
- Saving monographs and category information into the bookmarks section of the app
- A replete list of therapeutic categories, sub-categories, and drug information (both prescription and OTC)
- Must first register with MPR before use
- Offers prescription and OTC drug monographs
- Designed simply and intuitively for quick browsing/targeting of specific drug information
- Drug-drug interactions and side effects information is available and displayed in separate, apparent sections in the monographs for quick access
Rating: (1 to 5 stars) – 4
- User Interface – 5
- Multimedia usage – 4 (links to news for medication and able to setup e-mail notifications for these items)
- Price – 5
- Real world applicability – 5 (can be used on a daily or routine basis by any healthcare professional in both the clinical or research setting)
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.