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Medical and Health Calculators/Apps

A guide for medical and health calculators chiefly for UToledo clinicians and medical students with an additional section for all (chiefly patients).

Medica/Health App Sources

Medical/Health App Reviews

Appraising Apps - A short list

Before downloading review the follow:

  • Your information and/or resource need
     
  • App creator or author (authority)
    • Who made the app?
    • Is there a link to other apps they have made or their website?
    • Are they reputable?
    • Was the app FDA approved or reviewed? 
       
  • Timeliness
    • When was the app last updated?
       
  • Design
    • Does the design convey ease of use and/or simplicity
    • Are graphics and layout consistent?
    • Do icons or buttons make sense?
       
  • Security 
    • ‚ÄčAre security issues addressed in the description or updates?
    • Do you need to create an account to use the app?
    • Is there a privacy policy?
       
  • Value
    • How much does the app cost?
    • Are there additional fees (in-app purchases)?
       
  • Reviews
    • What are other people saying about the app?
    • Do not rely on star ratings alone


                                                     To Summarize 

Evaluating Health Apps

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There are thousands of mobile apps that provide health information. Some are trustworthy; others aren’t. Here are some things to keep in mind when using a health app:

  • The content of most apps isn’t written or reviewed by medical experts. It may be inaccurate and unsafe. In addition, the information you enter when using an app may not be secure.
     
  • There’s little research on the benefits, risks, and impact of health apps, such as the many mindfulness meditation apps that are now available.
     
  • It’s not always easy to know what personal information an app will access or how it will store your data.
     
  • Before you download an app, find out if the app store says who created it. Don’t trust the app if contact or website information for the creator isn’t available.


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