Apps for ID: A Regularly Updated Database of iPhone and iPad Apps for Infectious Disease Physicians
Methods: We have created a searchable database of all apps in the Apple App Store, where iPhone and iPad apps are sold. By searching this database with a pre-programmed query, we systematically generated a list of infectious disease-related apps sorted by relevance. This list of apps was then manually curated to remove any irrelevant apps.
The curated app list is automatically and systematically updated each month to include new apps, and is then published on a public website: http://purl.org/geco/id-apps. It is searchable and allows physicians, nurses, and other domain experts to post their own reviews of listed apps.
Results: Out of more than 1,100,000 apps in the Apple App Store, our query identified 2,654 apps sorted by relevance. 14 out of 20 infectious disease-specific apps previously identified by Moodley et al. were listed in the top 200 results from our database. In the top 30 results, 2 were not relevant to infectious diseases and 1 was not in English; these were manually removed. The top 3 apps included Infections (antimicrobial prescribing guidelines), CDC Antibiotic Guidelines, and Infection Control Pocketbook.
Conclusion: We created a list of infectious disease apps for physicians that will be kept up-to-date through an automatic process. This service will allow physicians to more easily find phone and tablet apps related to infectious diseases.
A. D. Harris, None