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Red Book vs. Android’s Pocket Medicine Application

I love my smart phone, like many of you who have Android phones, reading this article. The thing that I love most is the Android phone’s market that’s growing exponentially and variety of applications that are available to fit almost every task i.e. needed in the phone. In my daily life, I feel one factor in my phone, is an encumbrance to my white coat pocket.

Health care workers who use Android phones, have surely recognized that this market deficiencies a sound panoptic medical reference. When I reviewed 10 residents and interns with a question that, if they could carry one ultimate reference book in their pocket, what could it be? About 9 residents out of 10 replied that it is the ‘Red book’, beyond any doubt.

As many of you know, Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins (LWW) along with the department of internal medicine at Massachusetts general medicine (MGH) published the “Red book”. It is a wonderful reference book for a resident and it is an indispensable ‘must have’ for an intern or a medical student to survive in the wards. So firstly, I was very much triggered to install the “Red book” application in my Android and set to dump the little red binder.

This application was reviewed extensively for the iPhone by us and the interface of users is not changed largely from the applications of iPhone. However, the application is enclosed as a component of the bigger Skyscape medical suite. It should be got by this route.

The aim of this review is not to retrograde all the advantages and disadvantages spoke in this application of iPhone version. The aim of the review is to help you to make a decision, whether this Android e- version of Red book can preclude from holding the revered text edition of this book in the white coat. The cost of this e-version will be nearly 41.95$ yearly or one time cost about $48.95.

Search function

Badly designed search function of this application is the one and only largest precipitation. Solely indexed search is the search tool of this application, which means that the word or phrase entered will only be searched. For instance, if “Internal Hemorrhage” is entered in the search bar, it only searches for its meaning and no associative matter will be displayed. Similarly if “GI blood loss” is entered it shows no information, but when “Gastrointestinal blood loss” is typed it shows the related information. The application creators should make a “related items” search or a keyword search, as in Google, so that search of things will be easy.

Skyscape integration

Though integration of this application in Skyscape suite is a positive sign, it has some disadvantage too. When one wanted to open this application, they have to first open Skyscape and select this application in a large list of many related medical applications. There is no facility for making this application as a home screen shortcut; hence there will be a lot of time waste especially on the wards, when some important information has to be accessed quickly.

Algorithm layout

Inadequate on screen formality is yet another disadvantage in the application. It is time-consuming, cumbersome, no-zooming facility available and over-all not a very good thing.

To conclude, the Android version of this ‘Red book’ is not as good as “the little Red Binder”. The e-version is not sufficiently approving thing to replace the pocket text book. Cumbersome user interface may be the primary reason for it. The textbook is easier, quicker to access the issues etc. May be if a newer version for this application with improved search abilities is launched, it may click.

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