Purpose of the Review
We will explore the app to ascertain whether it’s an app to recommend to our patients.
There is a public health need for citizens to become knowledgeable about first aid to be able to handle emergencies until professional help arrives. As such, it’s natural that the app store slowly becomes more and more populated by apps that aim to fill this information gap. AR First Aid Emergency & Home for Android is an app developed by AR Medical.
The app greets us with a License Agreement and we immediately notice that the License refers to a different app than the one we downloaded.
The License Agreement refers to the AR Family Health Assistant, which allows us know that the app we have now installed is not an app by itself but rather a fragment of a larger suite. After accepting we proceed to the main screen.
The main screen contains a series of quick links icons that lead us to instructions on how to handle emergency scenarios like choking, CPR and poisonings among others. These tutorials include images and audio instructions narrated by the device’s voice synthesizer. Also on the main screen we find a symptom checker that works as a guide to finding diagnosis and solutions.
AR First Aid Emergency has several other icons close to the upper part of the screen. One such icon allows us to access an ICE profile while others lead to less medical places. The app links us to a store where we can purchase items that the developers consider medically relevant. Astonishingly, the app also explains to the user about medical labs and lab results. Finally, AR First Aid Emergency & Home’s Did You Know feature has some interesting facts and information.
Evidence and literature used to support app
- The app does not contain any references to source materials but does present the user with a disclaimer.
- Free but options are locked
- Plenty of information on how to
- Did you know section
- The user interface is very unclear
Healthcare providers that would benefit from the app
- Students, patients
- AR First Aid Emergency & Home has plenty of information on how to deal with emergency scenarios but the app’s user interface is hard to navigate. In addition, the fact that it links to a store where you can buy stuff seems suspicious as there is no indication as to the source of the information.
Type of device used to review app–Motorola Droid 3
Rating: (1 to 5 stars): 3/5
- User interface – 2. UI is hard to navigate
- Multimedia usage – 3. Audio narrations are helpful
- Price – 3. Free is good.
- Real world applicability -3. It lacks sources for the information but it can be useful.