December 15, 2011 in Medical (E)
[prMac.com] Seattle, Washington - Medical App Journal today is pleased to introduce their new online journal, featuring independent, objective peer review of medical apps for iOS and other mobile devices. It is devoted exclusively to true "Medical" apps, rather than "Health & Fitness" apps, and the journal enforces strict criteria for inclusion. Emulating the peer-review process of medical journals, SMEs (subject matter experts) are assigned an app to peer review and rate according to standardized guidelines. All authors must also disclose any potential real or perceived COI (conflict of interest). Medical App Journal encourages clinicians and other medical professionals to provide feedback on its reviews and to volunteer as reviewers.
There is universal agreement that some medical apps have made a significant contribution to medical practice and health care worldwide. But with thousands of medical and health related apps competing for the attention of practitioners, there is little agreement as to which apps deserve consideration or provide trusted information. Many of these apps are inappropriate and/or irrelevant to the delivery of medical care. Just as it is with the abundance of published medical research, navigation through the ever-growing number of medical apps can be a daunting task. Additionally, there are currently very few resources available to the practicing clinician to help them discern which apps are actually worthy of use under real world conditions. It is the stated mission of Medical App Journal that, "Our goal is to only index and review applications used by medical doctors and healthcare professionals in clinical care. Our aim is to provide a comprehensive database of independent, insightful, and unbiased reviews of mobile medical apps by the very professionals who use them on a daily basis in clinical practice."
The journal publishes ratings of indexed apps from both reviewers and users. In addition to full editorial reviews, a summary Clino-Meter provides an overall rating from one to five stars, with individual ratings for Features, Navigation, Value, and Content. Journal readers can post star ratings that may be viewed in total, by Device (iOS, Android, WP7, and Blackberry), by Profession (over a dozen currently and growing), or by Discipline (currently 35 and growing). Readers can also search the online journal for apps by name, by discipline, or by the designated purpose of the app (i.e., procedures, reference, diagnosis, intervention, screening, decision guidance, etc). Developers are welcome to submit videos and adjunct references that can be added, appropriately identified as such, to individual app information pages.
* Medical apps reviewed by and for medical professionals
* Medical professionals are invited to contribute by reviewing an app
* Readers are encouraged to rate the apps with which they are familiar
* Participate in the establishment of Medical App Journal as a reliable and useful professional resource
* Developers and users can submit videos, news releases, and online resources related to apps that aggregate in a specific section of each app
* Users can identify apps that should be deleted from the Journal's database, not meeting the "medical" criteria
"Only recently has Apple created a new 'Healthcare Professionals' category in the App Store, in an effort to further isolate apps for medical professionals from their 'Medical' category," stated Dan Rhon of Medical App Journal. "Despite this well intentioned move, this isolates only a very minor fraction of the more than 9,000 apps listed under the 'Medical' category, many of which are neither medical in content or potential use. It is also unclear how objective the process was that was used to determine which apps were worthy of appearing in this new 'Healthcare Professionals' category and who the decision-maker/gatekeepers were who were involved in this process.
"With the help of Apple, we have been able to integrate the entire 'Medical' category of apps into our database, and we aim to make our 'gate-keeping' process completely transparent and reliant on the input of the medical community. Between the editorial staff and the help of readers, we will begin to pare the database down to only apps that meet our established criteria. Users can 'vote' and flag apps that should be deleted from the database, and the criteria for determining what is a 'Medical' app is clearly defined."
* Apps for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Blackberry are reviewed
Pricing and Availability:
Medical App Journal is a free, online journal
Based in Seattle, Washington, Medical App Journal is an independent website created by and for medical professionals. Their goal is to only index and review applications used by medical doctors and healthcare professionals in clinical care. Their aim is to provide a comprehensive database of independent, insightful, and unbiased reviews of mobile medical apps by the very professionals who use them on a daily basis in clinical practice. Copyright (C) 2011 Medical App Journal. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners. Apple Inc. has not endorsed this Medical App Journal or any of the content on its site.