The Johns Hopkins ABX Guide features up-to-date, authoritative, evidenced-based information on the treatment of infectious diseases to help you make decisions at the point of care.

The guide breaks down details of diagnosis, drug indications, dosing, pharmacokinetics, side effects and interactions, pathogens, management and vaccines into easily accessible, frequently-updated, quick-read entries.

Unbound Medicine develops mobile and web products using an end-to-end digital publishing platform.

They have developed an app version of the Johns Hopkins ABX Guide for Android and iOS and today we’ll take a closer look at it.

User Interface

As with most guides and text based apps, the user interface is simple. We are presented with category lists leading to the Guide’s contents:

  • Antibiotics
  • Diagnosis
  • Management
  • Pathogens
  • Vaccines
  • Brand Names

We can bookmark our favorites and history tracking is available in case we wish to revisit some of our recent explorations. The items follow the same structure and formatting as the online version and we can jump to specific subsections. This is handy when we are in a hurry. The app also includes a search function. Johns Hopkins ABX Guide doesn’t use images or any other multimedia resources and relies solely on text and tables.

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Evidence and literature used to support app

  • The app is well documented and contains references to source scientific papers.


  • $29.95


  • Excellent information
  • Easy to access information


  • No multimedia

Healthcare providers that would benefit from the app

  • Physicians in general, primary care practitioners, medical students, patient educators.


  • Johns Hopkins ABX Guide contains good information about treatments. It is a shame it doesn’t takes advantages of multimedia resources like pictures and images which would be great for aiding in diagnosing diseases.

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Type of device used to review app – Moto X
App version – 2.2.44

Rating: (1 to 5 stars): 4/5

  • User interface – 3. UI is friendly
  • Multimedia usage – N/A
  • Price – 3. Fair price
  • Real world applicability – 4. Physicians will find this app to be useful