Keeping up with the latest medical literature can be a daunting task. There are numerous sources for information and multiple journal subscriptions can be expensive. Some new mobile apps are attempting to consolidate the information to make it easier for orthopaedic surgeons, and specifically sports medicine physicians, to stay up-to-date.

SportsMed is an RSS app by Hand Fed that attempts to consolidate information from multiple orthopaedic sports journals providing the latest abstracts and information.

User Interface

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The mobile app opens without any login or orientation information. The default journal is the American Journal of Sports Medicine. Several articles, letters to the editor, and other abstracts are listed in a list format. At the bottom of the screen are other top journals the user can select to see the latest news and publications for that journal.

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After selecting a topic of interest, the app takes the user to that publication’s abstract. There is no link to the actual journal article and many of the topics do not have any information pushed forward from the journal website–they are blank articles with just a title.

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There is an impressive number of journals listed in the app, and the user can configure which journals are presented at the home screen. However, the limited abstracts without journal links and blank articles becomes frustrating while using the app.

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Similarly, the app has a fee associated with purchase and at the bottom of every page they still have advertisements. These also become annoying and frustrating while browsing content.

Overall, I had high hopes for this app, but it does very little to consolidate journal articles or streamline my access to the latests orthopaedic research. On top of the app flaws, the app is also very unstable. I found myself trying to rush through looking something up hoping to get to the article before the app crashed again. The latest update 4.01 notes that they’ve added stability to the platform, but this is still a work in progress on my iPhone 6S.

  • Price
    • $0.99
    • App interface is easy to use and navigate
    • Great list of orthopaedics journals
  • Dislikes
    • Lack of content and no links to full articles for subscribers
    • Advertisement at the bottom of the app should be removed with purchase
    • App crashed several times during testing
  • Overall

    This app is an interesting app, but not particularly useful in its current state.

  • Overall Score
  • User Interface

    Very easy app to use.

  • Multimedia Usage

    Some abstract images are presented with the text.

  • Price

    The app has a minimal cost, but with the persistent advertisements is not justified.

  • Real World Applicability

    This app was not particularly useful to this reviewer.

  • Device Used For Review

    iPhone 6S

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