Mobile Apps Experience Project
Special Note for Librarian Participants
The purpose of the Mobile Apps Experience Project is to assist participants with accessing/experimenting with for-fee (a.k.a., not-free) apps that might improve work performance or efficiencies and to have participants share their experience with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region's community.
We do not want to put limitations on what type of app is evaluated or dictate how much effort is put forth during the experimentation and evaluation process other than participants should realize that their evaluations will be shared with the library community via the NN/LM MCR website, publications, conference presentations, etc. At the bottom of the page is a link to a report form that will guide you in submitting a quality app evaluation.
FINDING QUALITY APPS:
There are over a million apps available in both iTunes and GooglePlay and each has hundreds of thousands of medical apps. How do you find which are the best? Both iTunes and GooglePlay tell you which is the top selling app and can be sorted by category, with "medical" being one of them. This is a long list, so you may want other options for identifying for-fee apps for you to evaluate. You can ask people you know and trust for suggestions of apps they think are of good quality. You can also do a Google search to see if there is anyone else who evaluates medical apps. iMedicalApps is a .com site, yet it does a good job of helping you learn more about medical apps. You can do a lit search to see who is publishing about good apps. This early 2014 article (Evaluation of the Accuracy of Smartphone Medical Calculation Apps) in Journal of Medical Internet Research is apps specific (medical calculators) and provides fairly good information. The real treasure in the article is the recommended reading list they provide.
Each funded participant has agreed to evaluate at least 4 apps using our Mobile App Evaluation Forms (either the Librarian or CBO participant form). We would like 1 evaluation submitted by the deadlines below. Participants MUST contact project coordinator, Alicia Lillich, if they are not going to be able to meet the deadlines below.
For Apple Operating System devices, the only real place to go is to iTunes.
To get started on using your iTunes purchase card, here are some instructions you can follow.
iTunes tracks the most popular apps by category and "medical apps" is one of the categories. You can see the list of more popular apps here (plus all of the other apps as well)
For Android Operating System devices, a great place to go for apps is GooglePlay.
To get started on using your purchase card, here are some instructions you can follow.
GooglePlay tracks the top paid apps by category and "medical apps" is one of the categories. You can see the list of top for fee medical apps here.
Submit Your App Evaluation Report (and deadlines)
Participants need to fill out an online report form for each app evaluation, one per quarter, by the deadlines listed below. There are separate evaluation forms and deadlines for librarian participants and for community based organization participants. The deadlines and links are below.
Deadlines for Librarian Participants
- 1st - July 31, 2015
- 2nd - October 31, 2015
- 3rd - January 31, 2016
- Last - April 15, 2016 (Please note this earlier than normal deadline)