The red book is referred as bible for medical professionals and is a highly useful reference tool. The Red Book is published by the department of Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins (LWW). The book is a “must have” for medical student or intern, and a fantastic source of reference as a resident. With popularity of smart phone apps, skyscape launched an Android app for the red book. This smart phone app is android version of previously released iPhone version of the red book.
The question is, are you ready to off load the red book from your pocket and download it on your Android phone? Think before you decide to switch to the smart phone app as it is not cheap, android version can cost you $41.95 annually or you can pay a one time fee of $48.95.
iMedical apps Benjamin Pulley shares his own experience regarding this android app of the red book. Here are the excerpts:
In-effective search: The red book app’s search is purely an indexed search and therefore has poor performance. If you don’t get the keywords right or exactly matching, you will not be able to find information.
Ease of opening of app: Skyscape has integrated hundred of its apps in its Skyscape suite. If you are looking to open the red book, you will have to open the suite and look for the app you want to access. You can’t even make a shortcut of the app you use frequently and thus makes the experience cumbersome.
layout: One of the major attractions of smart phone apps is the ability to manipulate font size, level of zoom, etc. The red book app does not allow good readability of the tables and algorithms, which have to be scrolled right and left and could add time in accessing information on the small smart phone screen.
Content: This is one of the things which is simply fabulous. The fact is that the app is intended to be replacement of the textbook version, so it covers all the crucial content found in the pocket medicine textbook.
Pulley does not recommend medical professionals to switch to the android version of the red book. To me it looks like that the app is lacking the most basic functions that makes a smart phone app appealing for consumers. Hopefully, Skyscape develops the app further and prompts more positive reviews from the medical community. If you have had a chance to use either the iPhone or android app of the red book, share it with our readers and help them in their decision.