by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS
In August of last year, I reviewed the iphone app called MicroGuide that details the antimicrobial guideline at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. I like Apps that help me do my job on the go. It is therefore with great pleasure that I welcome the free app by the nice guys and ladies at NICE which effectively give you the NICE guidance library on-the-go. Like a small boy with his toy, I have been putting the app to the test…
The app has the unremarkable name of NICEGuidance (Search for it in the App store) – It does exactly what it says on the tin.
The app has a orange interface which is quite pleasing to the eye. The future is bright as they say… You are presented with a page grouped as:
- Conditions & Diseases
- Public Health
- NICE Info (I should hope the information is nice!)
- …and the all important search button.
I consider this to be quite intuitive.
The Conditions and Diseases are grouped into body systems. As an example under Respiratory, you will find Lung cancer and Tuberculosis. For those who find this difficult, the Search box would be very useful. It is possible to filter down the search when you arrive in the body system:
This is powerful stuff! I counted 17 body systems ranging from Cancer, Digestive system and Eye to Infectious diseases, Musculoskeletal and Urogenital. Whilst Cancer is not a body system, it is a recognised clinical area. The key point is: It is intuitive. I cannot let strict adherence to some rules interfere with intuition. Are you getting the feeling I like this App?…..I am not done yet.
The Public Health section took my breath away…literally! (I know the folks on the Today program may have something to say about that). This section contains topics as diverse as Alcohol, Cancer and Diabetes to Drugs, Environmental health, Sexual health and Vaccine preventable diseases. There is even a topic on ‘Working with and involving communities’. So I tapped on the Drug section (as a pharmacist and all!), and what do I get?:
These are great stuff. There are more of course. All on my finger-tip!
I was even able to bookmark my work for later reading:
And its up to date….I can prove it!
As I was writing this piece, I kept getting pop-up telling me about Updates! (see pic below). This app has been developed very well from ground up with up-to-date information. I have no doubt that the structures and interface may evolve based on feedback but I have been very impressed with what I have seen so far.
So if I am grading this app out of 10: What will it be? I’ll say…..9.99999998.
I think if you have an iphone and you work in UK Healthcare, you must want to download this app…..P E R I O D.