I love evidence-based medicine! Talking about the latest medical evidence and debating if/how/when to apply it to a particular patient at the point of care is what led to my interest in medical apps and me writing for iMedicalApps. How to keep up with the medical literature is a challenge. “Information mastery” is a concept coined by evidence-based medicine (EBM) experts in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. In the U.S., information mastery was championed by Slawson and Shaughnessy who described the vast medical literature as a “jungle” and used the metaphors of “foraging” and “hunting” to navigate that environment. If you wanted to find an answer to a specific question, you needed a “hunting” tool such as UpToDate, DynaMed or Essential Evidence Plus. If you wanted to just wander thru the jungle and see what was new you would use a “foraging” tool such as the DailyPOEM, Prescriber’s Letter, or Journal Watch. In short, hunting tools help you answer clinical questions at the point of care and foraging tools alert you to new information.

In the internet age, another skill is also badly needed by medical professionals: information management. How do we manage this information that amounts to thousands of articles per month indexed on Medline? The EBM experts at McMasters University have teamed up with DynaMed Plus to provide Evidence Alerts — abstracts and commentary on the latest clinical studies in a new “foraging” tool. DynaMed from EBSCO was founded by a family physician Brian Alper, MD. Now called DynaMed Plus, it covers over 3,200 topics and monitors over 500 journals. Although not as comprehensive as UpToDate, DynaMed is one of the most-evidence based apps available.

This “marriage” of McMasters University Health Information Unit and the team of experts at DynaMed Plus now bring you customizable “alerts” to you smart device about the “latest and greatest” in the medical literature. With expert commentary and EBM weblinks as well as integration with institutional PubMed and DynaMed Plus subscriptions, users can view, save, curate their own collection of the best evidence for future retrieval all on their smart device.



Evidence-based medicine
The app utilizes the EBM expertise of McMasters University and DynaMed Plus to provide the latest best evidence from clinical studies. The app’s developers pull content from over 120 journals and provide commentary on each article. The app is customizable to content, frequency of alerts and can be used with or without the web-based Evidence Alerts site. Users can save content/view full text using their institutional PubMed subscription and/or view related DynaMed Plus content with the applicable subscription.


Who would benefit from this App?
Students, residents, faculty, mid-levels, practicing providers in virtually any medical field who want the latest EBM content on their mobile device.

Price
o Free* (full article access/DynaMed content requires subscription)

Likes
o Daily EBM “best/latest” studies compiled by DynaMed and McMasters to your device
o Customizable for content, institutional access for PubMed and DynaMed Plus accounts
o Available for Android

Dislikes
o Interface not as robust as Qx Read regarding “look” and retrieval of saved content
o Some features from McMasters are “hidden” in submenus; DynaMed Plus integration bug
o Expert commentary should be “upfront”

Overall
A match made in heaven! The new Evidence Alerts brings the EBM know-how of McMaster University and pairs it with the fabulous DynaMed Plus to “alert” you to the latest and best EBM content customized by you the user. The app allows users to input their DynaMed Plus and/or institutional PubMed account information for full content/article access.

Overall Score
o 4.5 stars

User Interface
o 4.0 stars
Easy-to-use interface with upfront content sorted by date or category. Some of the bonus features are not as obvious as they should be. Interface not as refined as Qx Read.

Multimedia Usage
o 4.5 stars
App provides easy to read abstracts and commentary on the “best new evidence” with ability to link out to the full article and/or integrate with the DynaMed Plus content related to the topic, multiple McMasters EBM links as well as incorporation with institution PubMed subscriptions.


Price
o 5 stars
App is free! (Full integration requires a DynaMed Plus subscription and/or journal subscriptions)

Real-World Applicability
o 4.5 stars
This app takes two of most respected evidence-based medicine “names” in McMasters University and DynaMed Plus and teams them up for a simple, but eloquent app to bring the “best” evidence to your mobile device daily. The ease of customization of the alerts and integration with DynaMed make it a must-have app for evidence-based medicine fans. A nice companion (or competitor) with Qx Read.


Device Used For Review
o iPhone 8 running iOS 12.2.


Available for Download for iPhone, iPad, and Android.

Disclaimer: The views expressed are those of the author(s) and do not reflect the official policy of the Department of the Army, the Department of Defense or the U.S. Government.