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.
Review a clinical app

We would like to hear about your favourite clinical apps.

If you think a great app has helped to improve your knowledge or practice and all GPs should know about it, send a brief review to gpclinical@haymarket.com.

  • We pay £25 for every review published.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

A third of doctors have received abuse from patients during the pandemic

A third of doctors have received abuse from patients during the pandemic

One in three doctors have experienced verbal or physical abuse from patients or patients'...

Health secretary has 'overplayed his hand' on remote consultation benefits, RCGP chair warns

Health secretary has 'overplayed his hand' on remote consultation benefits, RCGP chair warns

Health secretary Matt Hancock has ‘overplayed his hand’ by pushing for total use...

GMC defers revalidation for a further 9,000 doctors due to pandemic

GMC defers revalidation for a further 9,000 doctors due to pandemic

Around 9,000 doctors who are due to revalidate between March and July 2021 will have...

NHS England praises GPs after steep rise in general practice appointments

NHS England praises GPs after steep rise in general practice appointments

NHS England primary care medical director Dr Nikki Kanani has thanked GPs and their...

Half of GPs say patients harmed by delays to care during COVID-19 pandemic

Half of GPs say patients harmed by delays to care during COVID-19 pandemic

Nearly half of GPs say patients on their list have come to harm because of delays...

Viewpoint: Test and trace isn't working - could GPs do it better?

Viewpoint: Test and trace isn't working - could GPs do it better?

The outsourced test and trace system isn't working, says Dr Simon Hodes. It's time...