Purpose of the Review

To find out how useful this app would be to a physician in his day to day life.

Introduction

There are several health encyclopedia apps around the Google Play Store so it’s always good to check them out to find out their value.

Pocket Doctor lite is a mobile app developed by a UK Doctor that was originally available on WAP in 2001.

It was developed by the app developing company Pocket App, a company that has several quality products under their belt.

Let’s see how they did on this one.

User Interface

Launching the app presents you with the main screen containing three choices: Health Encyclopedia, Doctor Q and BMI tools.

Tapping on the Health Encyclopedia option features extensive medical content, with A-Z listings of medical conditions as well a diagnosis by body area. The BMI tools contain a Body Mass Indicator calculator. Interestingly, the best part of this app is the Doctor Q feature. This feature provides advice for patients on questions they can ask their doctors to help guide them or to clear their doubts.

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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.

Price

  • Free

Likes

  • Doctor Q feature
  • Information is clear

Dislikes

  • No multimedia use

Healthcare providers that would benefit from the app

  • Physicians, students, patients

Conclusion

  • Pocket Doctor Lite is a good enough health encyclopedia.
  • However, lacking proper references is quite a drawback for the app.
  • The Doctor Q feature is a good idea and will certainly be useful to patients who are interested in communicating more efficiently with their physicians.

Google Play Link

Type of device used to review app–Motorola Droid 3
App version–1.13

Rating: (1 to 5 stars): 3/5

  • User interface – 3. UI is nice and simple
  • Multimedia usage – 1. There is no multimedia usage.
  • Price – 3. Free is good.
  • Real world applicability -3. Since the information is good and it possesses the Doctor Q feature, it can be of use.