photo 1 (14) App Review for Clinical Conditions for iPhone and iPad

The Clinical Conditions app was developed by two medical students (http://www.mylabs.io/ – website currently not working) to bring the most pertinent information about medical conditions to one place. Instead of students needing to sift through textbooks and journals, the goal of the app is to bring concise and up to date information for the most common medical conditions from pathophysiology to treatments. The app has a very simple interface and opens up with a list of medical conditions in alphabetical order. The main screen also has a search function that can be used to look for medical conditions. Currently, the app only includes about 50 conditions. The topics are also sorted by organ system by clicking on the Systems tab at the bottom of the app. photo 1 (13) photo 2 (12) Once the user selects a topic, a screen with the content is opened. The content screen includes a brief summary of the medical condition as well as a summary of the cause, complications, differentials, and treatment. The developers of the app also state that the information is up to date and if connected to the internet, the content will automatically update. However, there are no sources for the information listed and there is no date listed for when the content was most recently updated which is a huge red flag. This is a very important flaw in medical content based apps. This prevents users from accessing primary sources if they need more information and obviously takes away from the credibility of the content. Another flaw of the app is that there are currently certain sections of the medical conditions that are missing. For example, the treatment for pleural effusions is missing. photo 3 (9) The app also has a section that allows the user to add their own notes to a specific topic. The user can also favorite certain topics which can show up when they click the favorites tab at the bottom of the app. photo 4 (8)

  • Price
    • $4.99
    • Simple interface and easy to use
    • Allows user to favorite and add their own notes
    • Auto updates
  • Dislikes
    • Sources for content not included, severely hurting the credibility of this app
    • Last updates for content not included
    • Certain subsections of content are missing
    • Only covers about 50 topics, yet costs $4.99.
    • No images or multimedia

     

  • Overall

    This app is definitely not ready for prime time and not worth downloading in its current form. There are many apps and websites already available that give medical students summarized information on medical conditions that have citations and are complete.  The app fails in the following key things: Price, references, and content. It’s priced too high for the amount of value provided. It doesn’t provide key references to the medical content contained. The content is sparse and not detailed enough for use by even a first year medical student. If the app addresses all three of these things, it would be worth a reconsideration.

  • Overall Score
  • User Interface

    Simple to use and easy interface. Allows users to add notes and bookmark content. The use of in-app ads takes away from the user experience.

  • Multimedia Usage

    As an app that provides medical summaries, it would be useful to include images to support the text or to provide graphics / tables.

  • Price

    $4.99

  • Real World Applicability

    The app has a lot of room to improve. There needs to be more content, images, and most importantly — references.

  • Device Used For Review

    iPhone 5

  • Available for DownloadiPhoneiPad