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Sharing Mobile Apps Project

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Special Note for Librarian Participants

PURPOSE:

The purpose of the Mobile App Experience Project are 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.

QUALITY:

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. You will be sent a link to a report form that will guide you to submit 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. When you see this list, it's a long long list, so maybe not the best way to find for-fee apps for you to evaluate, yes? You can ask the people you know and trust on the apps they think is of good quality. You can also do a Google search to see if there is anyone out there who evaluates medical apps. iMedicalApps is a .com site yet does an okay job of helping out with learning 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 is pretty okay. The real treasure in the article is the recommended reading list they provided.

DEADLINES:

Each funded participant has agreed to evaluate at least 4 apps using our Mobile App Evaluation Form. We would like 1 evaluation submitted by the deadlines below. Participants MUST contact project coordinators John Bramble or Rachel Vukas, if they are not going to be able to meet the deadlines below.

iTunes Apps

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)

GooglePlay

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)

We will have an online report form for each quarter for you to fill out. The deadlines and links (coming soon) are below.

This is the link to the mobile app evaluation form

  • 1st - July 31, 2014
  • 2nd - October 31, 2014
  • 3rd - January 31, 2015
  • Last - April 15, 2015 (Please note this earlier than normal deadline)

Contact Us!

If you have any trouble, issues, comments, questions, etc., please do not hesitate to contact John Bramble or Rachel Vukas