The Prescriber’s Letter has been my go-to app/website for keeping up with all things Big Pharma, the latest information on new/old drugs, guidelines, and drug-based clinical trials for over 20 years. We previously favorably reviewed the Prescriber’s Letter here. The website and app are produced by the Therapeutics Research Center who make a number of other outstanding products including the Pharmacist’s Letter and the Prescriber’s Letter.
Their latest addition is called the Hospital Prescriber’s Letter. Similar to the Prescriber’s Letter, the Hospital Prescriber’s Letter includes both an extensive website of content and a companion app included together as part of the subscription. The big difference is the Hospital Prescriber’s Letter focuses on inpatient and acute-care medicine. The Hospital Prescriber’s Letter consists of a monthly newsletter on developments in inpatient medicine, hospital-based drug therapy, new guidelines, clinical trials relevant to hospital medicine, numerous charts and tables on therapeutics, and CME offerings. Most importantly, the Hospital Prescriber’s Letter takes NO money from advertisers or the pharmaceutical industry so their recommendations, if not based solely on the evidence, are expert opinion without any drug company bias.
The app contains the latest information on hospital-based care and drug therapy with evidence-based recommendations whenever possible. The app is well referenced with online and offline documents that review the current literature. The app offers CME monthly and for point-of-care searches. The app and companion website contains numerous charts, tables, and documents to help acute care/hospital-based providers with their medical decisions.
What providers would benefit from this App?
Students, nurses, PA, NP, hospitalists, internal medicine, family medicine, and any provider who provides hospital-based medical care.
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- Institutional only/varies.
- Unbiased, evidence-based content that is frequently updated (at least monthly)
- CME monthly and for point-of-care searches
- Subscription includes access to all website content and past issues
- Available for Android
- Most content is not available “offline” on the app
- Interface could be simpler
- No individual subscriptions; institutional only
A new and indispensable resource for acute care/hospital providers for the latest and greatest information on inpatient medicine, guidelines, drug trials, and Big Pharma with abundant evidence-based medicine. Although more narrowed focused than the venerable, Prescriber’s Letter, the new Hospital Prescriber’s Letter is a fantastic new addition to Therapeutics Research Center’s growing family of medical apps.
- Overall Score
- User Interface
Simple to use interface but requires internet connection to view past content; much prefer the Prescriber’s Letter layout.
- Multimedia Usage
The app is updatable with new information added monthly plus helpful charts, PDFs, and calculators built-in.
Only available as part of institutional subscriptions. Price varies by size of institution.
- Real World Applicability
This is a must-have app for acute care and hospital providers. The combination of the latest medical news on inpatient therapeutics, the latest clinical trials, handy charts, and monthly CME makes this app a winner. The interface is not as user friendly and content is not offlinable like the Prescriber’s Letter however. They should offer an individual provider subscription option.
- Device Used For Review
iPhone 8 running iOS 11.3
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