Prenatal visits, like well child checks, are relatively predictable office encounters. They are used to screen for common pregnancy-related diseases and complications, provide the mom-to-be with time to answer questions about what is often a new adventure each time, as well as offer the provider and patient time to meet and form a relationship prior to the big day.

Ilithyia, co-created by Dr Stephen Lin takes these simple encounters and streamlines the counseling, exams, tests, and follow up process into an accessible medical app format.

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The opening screen allows the provider to either enter the gestational age of the child or search by an individual topic. If you search by topic, the breadth of information covered within the app is obvious. The app covers counseling recommendations such as air travel, caffeine intake and breastfeeding, exams such as blood pressure and urinalysis, and tests such as amniocentesis. I appreciate the breadth of topics, especially the coverage of counseling recommendations. As a new provider I often reference the specific guidelines as it can be hard to source this type of information quickly in a visit setting.

If, instead, you enter a specific gestational age — you are taken to a screen which narrows your search to the pertinent references within each category for that particular visit. This is a great way to organize the app and makes it extremely user friendly. Each visit (8 week, 20 week, 36 week, etc) has a different set of common questions, exams and tests to be completed or offered, and timings for follow up visits. This way the provider is able to enter all the weeks pregnant and all the information is sorted out.

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Once you select exam you are taken to a list of exams that are pertinent to that visit. In the example below of a 26 week and 5 day old mom (she is automatically categorized into the 24-28 week visit) a list of exams commonly performed at that visit appears. Each exam has a brief paragraph synopsis of the purpose and details about the exam. For urinalysis the app describes proteinuria and its relation to pre-eclampsia as well as guidelines about urinary tract infections.

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Healthcare providers that would benefit from the app:

  • Medical students, mid-levels, residents, family physicians, obstetricians, and midwives.

Evidence based medicine:

  • A general outline with references to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists, the Center for Disease Control, and peer review articles is provided. Additionally, a specific reference to a series done in the American Family Physician Journal is cited.
  • Price
    • Free
    • The app is user friendly and easy to navigate
    • The counseling section is fairly robust and gives the provider additional as-needed information
  • Dislikes
    • Add a search function under the “all-topics” section for easier access
    • The app could integrate its references with links to articles and guidelines
  • Overall
    • My prefered medical app for prenatal visits. The developers successfully made a point-of-care ready prenatal visit app.
  • Overall Score
  • User Interface

    I appreciate the visit specific navigation tool as well as the paragraph information presentation. These allow quick access to uncluttered information.

  • Multimedia Usage

    lacks a basic search function

  • Price

    Free

  • Real World Applicability

    I find this app very helpful but would likely want something a bit more robust once I become familiar with the basics of prenatal care.

  • Device Used For Review

    iPhone 5

  • Available for DownloadiPhoneiPad