Health Maintenance Visits are consistently in the top ten visits to primary care physicians. The beauty and challenge of a specialty such as Family Medicine is trying to keep straight what care must be provided to patients of various ages. In my morning clinic yesterday, I saw a new OB patient at 9 weeks gestation, another at 28 weeks, a 6 month well-child, a 21 year-old female well-woman, and 50, 65, and 82 year-olds all for “annual exams”. My previous go to medical apps for days like this include the excellent AHRQ ePSS, Bright Futures, and Pregnancy A to Z apps. But wouldn’t clinic be even better if there was an app that contained all of this information in one place?
Dr Joshua Steinberg comes to the rescue again! This time he teamed up with Dr Paula Dygert, MD at Providence Family Medicine Residency in Spokane, WA, to create a quick reference medical ap for students, residents and faculty in primary care. This past year alone he has released many medical apps that I have reviewed here on iMedicalApps: PneumoVaccines, Depo Calendar, OB Wheels, Gout Diagnosis, and Step-by-Step Febrile Infant. Other useful point of care medical apps by Dr Steinberg include PreopEval14, PFT Eval, EFM Guide, PE & DVT Dx Tool, and my favorite, Pneumonia Guide.
You are a fourth year medical student starting your month-long rotation in Family Medicine. You are surprised to see such diversity of visits on your attending’s schedule. The schedule includes a 36 week prenatal care visit, a 24 month well-child visit, a 16 year old adolescent visit, a 28 year old well-woman visit and a 55 year-old annual exam. What will you have to ask, check, order, and prescribe at each of these visits? What counseling must be provided? The Health Maintenance Visits app will help you with these decisions! Let’s take a look at the medical app in action.
Video Review of the Health Maintenance medical app
Evidence based medicine
Health Maintenance Visits includes checklists of screening, counseling and chemoprophylaxis for patients presenting for prenatal care visits, well-child and well-adult visits. The information contained in the app grids is derived from evidence-based and expert-based guidelines from the ICSI, Bright Futures, and the USPSTF. The medical app provides the information in an easy to use interface that can be used at the point-of-care.
What providers would benefit from the Health Maintenance medical app?
Students, residents, mid-levels, Family Medicine, Pediatric, Ob/Gyn, Internal Medicine, and any provider who performs health maintenance visits.
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- Includes nearly everything for prenatal care, pediatric and adult visits in one place.
- Well-referenced with hyperlinks to PubMed.
- Layout is basic but easy to follow/choose between visit checklists.
- Checklist are modified PDFs which can be difficult to read on smaller devices.
- No evidence ratings for any of the recommendations listed.
- Not available for Android.
The Health Maintenance Visits medical app is another winner for students, residents and faculty in primary care. The free medical app includes easy to use checklists for health visits from the “cradle to the grave” of family medicine.
- Overall Score
- User Interface
Looks like the other apps by the author meaning it is basic, but easy to use. PDF-like checklists can be difficult to read on smaller devices.
- Multimedia Usage
Contains links for all references and per the app author will soon include video instructions.
App is free!
- Real World Applicability
A must have medical app for primary care residents and students on rotations in primary care specialties as well as nice reference for faculty who want to brush up prior to entering a patient’s room. Health Maintenance Visits fills the gap by including information on prenatal care, well-child and well-adult visits all in one app. This is an app many can use on a daily basis.
- Device Used For Review
iPhone 6S running iOS 10.1.2
- Available for DownloadiPhone