The CDC and WHO have published helpful information for the public and medical health providers for identification, diagnosis, and recommended treatment of coronavirus cases. 

Previously, at iMedicalApps we highlighted the outstanding work of the healthcare and engineering teams at Johns Hopkins with their mapping tool and the Relief Central COVID-19 guidelines. We also highlighted the excellent COVID-19 Screening Tool app and website in conjunction with Apple, CDC, FEMA, and the White House. Now the WHO has come out with its own COVID-19 app called WHO Academy

WHO Academy permits free access to all of the WHO’s COVID-19 resources in one place. The app is designed for healthcare workers and provides the most current guidance on all things COVID-19 and webinars and educational workshops. 

The platform is divided primarily into 10 major content modules, like case management, infection prevention control/staff safety and health, epidemiology, laboratory, maintaining essential health services and systems, international health regulations, operational support and logistics, and regional information. Each of these primary content areas is full of additional information and resources from the WHO and numerous other organizations. The app is even available in six languages.

Evidence-based medicine

The WHO Academy app for COVID-19 is a bevy of content from the WHO and organizations across the planet. The content includes bulletins from WHO, local and regional public health content, lectures from leading public health experts, and much more. The app consists of a mix of expert opinion and “best available evidence” (which is changing almost daily) to provide healthcare workers the best collection of COVID-19 information in an app so far. 

What providers would benefit from this App?

Students, residents, nurses, mid-levels, public health, primary care, emergency medicine, hospitalists, critical care providers, and any provider who takes care of coronavirus patients or their contacts.

 

Price

  • Free

 

Likes

 

      • Ten content areas from Case Management to Regional Links. 
      • Section on Learning Events from WHO and current News sections.
      • Available for Android and in six languages.

 

Dislikes

 

      • Limited offerings in the Learning Events section.
      • Most multimedia content requires internet access.
      • Some subsections on “local” and “regional” content are lacking.

 

Overall

 

    • The new WHO Academy app for all things COVID-19 for healthcare workers is a slam dunk. The app covers everything from PPE to mental health, lab workup, and current epi stats. The app links to virtually all of the common and less common healthcare organizations on each continent with the app’s content available in six languages. It could benefit from more “learning events” (or link to others available on the web from reputable groups). Despite that, the 10 areas of core content are almost overwhelming in their breadth and depth. Clearly, much time and effort have been taken to organize everything WHO has on COVID-19 into a highly usable app. The app is also available for Android  — an added bonus.

 

Overall Score

  •  5.0 stars

User Interface

  •  5.0 stars

Easy to navigate with large easy to read graphics and logical sub-menus.

 

Multimedia Usage

 

  •  5.0 stars

 

The app has extensive hyperlinks to up to date information from sources all over the planet on COVID-19, and all of the WHO resources including webinars. 

Price

o 5.0 stars

App is free.

 

Real-World Applicability

  • 5.0 stars
  • The WHO Academy app is probably the best all-around app for healthcare workers dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic around the world. With over ten content sections in six different languages, the app has something for everyone. The app updates itself upon opening with current statistics, timely webinars, practical information for hospitals, clinics, and public health organizations. The app links to COVID-19 resources from across the planet. Highly recommended.
  • Device Used For Review
  • iPhone 11 Pro running iOS 13.4

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.