As an endocrinology fellow, a go-to reference app for smartphones specifically for my specialty would be a godsend. Answers to questions would be just a few taps away: What’s the conversion dose between hydrocortisone and dexamethasone? What are the monitoring guidelines for my patient with thyroid cancer?
Unfortunately, Endocrinology Advisor falls short of becoming such a reference. Instead, it simply repackages news articles written for its parent website.
What the App Does: Display News Articles
The Endocrinology Advisor app is simply a shell for EndocrinologyAdvisor.com website, a lesser known resource for the latest developments in diabetes and endocrinology.
The app’s home screen essentially lists the “Latest News,” sorted by date. As you can see, there are frequent news updates, many of which are clinically relevant and informative.
The articles are well-written, not unlike what you might find as part of the content for the more established MedPageToday (disclosure: iMedicalApps.com is in partnership with MedPageToday) or Medscape Medpulse app (see my review).
Tapping on the menu icon (oddly located on the top right of of the screen) brings up the following menu screen.
Choosing a topic (eg diabetes, thyroid, bone metabolism, and “more topics”) simply presents the same listing of news articles, only this time filtered by subject. There is no ability to further sort the news content, so for example, the “Diabetes” topic combines news for Type 1 and Type 2.
The “drugs” portion of the app is a poorly-executed drug reference that is not specific to endocrinology. So accessing a list of diabetes medications requires you to first tap on “Endocrine disorders” and then “Diabetes” (see above). This list of diabetes medications is ordered by trade name alphabetically, and there is no option to sort by drug class (eg. GLP-1 agonists, sulfonylureas) or sort alphabetically by generic name.
What the App Fails To Do: Most Everything Else
Thinking that I might have set too high expectations based on a misinterpretation of the “Endocrinology Advisor” app name, I referred back to their own iTunes description:
“With the Endocrinology Advisor app, you can:
- Search the MPR Drug Database for quick, easy-to-read information on drug therapies
- Reference Clinical Charts on drug treatment protocols for a number of endocrine conditions.
Use Medical Calculators to convert HbA1c to mean plasma glucose, evaluate blood pressure, determine BMI, assess LDL cholesterol and more
- Find the latest news about breakthrough therapies, clinical research, drug and device approvals, and conference coverage
- Read full-length Features and physician-authored Opinion articles on important issues in endocrinology
- Access endocrinology-specific accredited courses from the myCME education library and instantly claim your certificate”
I added the emphasis on the two bolded items above because they simply are nowhere to be found within the app. A “reference clinical chart” for differentiated thyroid cancer monitoring would be highly useful, but it’s just not there.
The “medical calculator” bullet point is completely false as well. Since I couldn’t find the hemoglobin a1c medical calculator that they describe, I tried typing “HbA1c” and was only presented with news articles with HbA1c, sorted by date.
The Endocrinology Advisor app universally disappoints. For physicians who are desiring the latest updates and relevant news within their field, more established brands like MedPageToday and Medscape do a far better job.
If you’re looking for a general medication reference app for your iPhone or Android, Medscape is worlds better.
If you’re looking for endocrinology reference tables and helpful conversion tables and calculators, the only place you’ll find them in the Endocrinology Advisor app is within its iTunes store description. (They are nowhere to be found within the app itself).
Take my advice and pass on Endocrinology Advisor.