Another helpful app offered by the CDC is for the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), which is the CDC’s primary scientific publication. The MMWR app provides timely information on emerging diseases and public health concerns such as the recent Ebola virus epidemic. For those clinicians who are already overloaded, the MMWR Express app is a helpful choice that provides quick access to the blue summary boxes in MMWR. Table 3 highlights the CDC mobile apps for clinician use.
TABLE 3: CDC clinician apps28
Another credible resource for mobile apps is the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, which has a mobile device resource section listing 22 mobile apps for clinicians.17
The apps include professional medical organizations and disease specialty areas such as diabetes, heart health, infectious diseases, and geriatric care (guideline.gov/resources/mobile-resources.aspx). The apps focus on providing current information on clinical practice guidelines and resources at the clinician’s fingertips for quick, easy access and review.
Professional journals and organizations may also be credible resources for the clinician to download apps for up-to-date clinical information. For example, this publication offers The Clinical Advisor mobile app that can be referenced for use as a medical calculator and drug database, as well as for dermatology diagnosis practice and CE/CME courses (itunes.apple.com/us/app/clinical-advisor/id560576498).30 These mobile health apps are often free or included in the journal subscription fee.
Mobile app overload is a definite concern for the busy clinician. One suggestion on how to become more app-savvy and learn about useful, credible apps might be to start the discussion in your current practice. The authors are aware of clinician offices that have created an “app dialog,” and have incorporated seeking and reviewing mobile apps as a fun way to share new resources.
Due to the clinicians’ busy work schedules, the mobile app activity was started with the intent of using the mobile app review and CRAAP assessment as a way to provide an enjoyable interaction and share the “Top Mobile App Picks” between clinician satellite offices. This is one example of how to encourage innovation at your practice site.