App review: Diabetes resources collated

A good attempt to collate diabetes evidence and research papers, writes Dr Osman Bhatti.

Glycosmedia, a free app, is a collection of clinical information about diabetes. It is currently available for the iPhone and the iPad.

The details
App name: Glycosmedia
Price: Free
Area: Diabetes
GP rating: 3 out of 5

I reviewed the iPhone version and on launching, the app takes you to a screen of the latest news, reports and articles. It orders them by date, with a heading and a short summary.

You can scroll through the list and click on a link to go to an abstract or journal. When reading abstracts, there is an option to save articles in a favourites section, or to email, tweet or open into a browser window.

The authors have categorised the references in a subsection, so if you want references on, for example, neuropathy or screening, there are subsections to jump to. Unfortunately there is no search option, so unless you know roughly what you are looking for, it is a bit hit and miss.

Information portal

Clicking on a link for the abstract opens a web page, which will sometimes have a view compatible with your device. In other abstracts, you have to zoom and scroll to read more detail. For an app acting as a portal to redirect to another site, it is acceptable, but if you are offline, reading abstracts will not be possible.

The categories section is a plus, which would be enhanced by a search option. When you go into a category, you cannot select the categories icon at the bottom to return to the main list; instead you have to click a 'back to categories' icon at the top.

This is a good attempt to collate evidence and papers in one app, but in terms of access by mobile device, it requires tweaking.

  • Dr Bhatti is a GP principal in Tower Hamlets, London.
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