Tarascon Hospital Medicine is your white coat pocketbook turned into an app.
It has 4 main sections: Contents, Search, Tools, and Bookmarks.
For practical purposes, the Contents section is likely to be where you’ll stay.
It is organized by system, and each system is further broken down into relevant areas.
Each section has the option to be added to your bookmarks. This way you can quickly and easily refer back to a section that you look at often, for example, “What’s the differential for … again?”
One thing that always wins my favor is citations from peer reviewed sources. This app provides exactly that.
The actual content of the app is excellent in providing what you need to know when looking at a pocketbook reference. For various diseases or clinical situations, the app provides a distilled version of exactly what you need to be aware of for diagnosis and treatment. When applicable, you’ll find classification criteria, treatment strategy and dosing, and things that should be on your radar specifically related to the current situation (signs, symptoms, and labs).
Although the content of the app is good, the design of the app leaves much to be wanted. There are a few aspects that make it seem like the app was quickly thrown together. First of all, the app is simply not very attractive. Secondly, the startup screen just says Default GUI three times. It’s as if the developer was using some app development program, but was in too much of a hurry to go through all the features.
Finally, the search function is simply not very good. For example, if you search for Acute Kidney Injury, you have to scroll down about a half a page to find the entry with that exact name. When you click on that entry, it doesn’t take you to the main Acute Kidney Injury section. It takes you to a subsection within that section.
A quick read of Amazon reviews of the paperback version shows how popular and well-respected it is. The app leaves the impression that its developers were narrowly focused on the conversion of the book into digital app form. Unfortunately, they have not yet taken full advantage of the capabilities afforded by mobile apps in their development.
Evidence and literature used to support app
- As mentioned above, there are reference sections throughout the different content areas of this app that provide citations for the information provided.
- Easy to navigate when using the drill-down style Contents section
- Good quality content
- Sources cited
- Poor search function
- Poor visual design
- Tarascon Hospital Medicine is a good digital replacement for your white coat pocketbook. It has quality content that is distilled into the most important information on each topic relevant to clinical practice. It is easily navigable and allows you to bookmark pages that you refer to regularly.
- The app could use improvements in the search function and the visual design.
- The app is also available on Google Play.
Devices – This app was reviewed on an iPhone 5s.
- User Interface: 3/5 – This app is intuitive and easy to navigate using the contents section. Functionally the interface is great, but the design could be more visually attractive.
- Multimedia Usage: 4/5 – The app is easy to click through using its series of menus. It would be nice to see the search function improved. For this type of app, a good search function could go a long way.
- Price: 4/5 – As a replacement for your white coat pocketbook, $19.99 is a solid deal, but the book is only $14.99 on Amazon currently.
- Real World Applicability: 4/5 – If you’re looking to replace your quick reference pocketbook with an app, this app is solid, but still needs improvement from a UI perspective.
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.