Program Schedule

Apps for ID: A Regularly Updated Database of iPhone and iPad Apps for Infectious Disease Physicians

Session: Poster Abstract Session: Clinical Practice Issues
Friday, October 10, 2014
Room: The Pennsylvania Convention Center: IDExpo Hall BC
  • IDWeek 2014 - Poster 744 - Apps for ID.pdf (341.5 kB)
  • Background: Smartphone and tablet apps are an important tool for infectious disease physicians, hospital epidemiologists, and infection preventionists. However, discovering and evaluating infectious disease-related apps is difficult. The app store changes too quickly for manual systematic review of apps by experts to be practical, and we are not aware of any regularly-updated, high-quality resources listing relevant apps.

    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: 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.

    Max Masnick, BA, Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Maryland Baltimore, Baltimore, MD, Daniel Morgan, MD, MS, Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD and Anthony D. Harris, MD, MPH, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD


    M. Masnick, None

    D. Morgan, None

    A. D. Harris, None

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