An Evaluation of Mobile Applications for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Providers

Kathryn L. Shaia, Sara Farag, Kathy Chyjek, Jaime Knopman, Katherine T. Chen

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Abstract

Objective: To identify and rate reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI) mobile applications (apps) targeted toward REI providers. Design: A list of REI apps was found in both the Apple iTunes and Google Play stores using the following seven MeSH terms: reproductive endocrinology, REI, infertility, fertility, In Vitro Fertilization, IVF, and embryology. Patient-centered apps were excluded. The remaining apps were then evaluated for accuracy using reliable references. Setting: Mobile technology. Patients/Interventions: None. Main Outcome Measures: Accurate apps were evaluated for comprehensiveness (the extent of the ability to aid in clinical decision-making) and rated with objective and subjective components using the APPLICATIONS scoring system. Results: Using the seven REI-related MeSH terms, 985 apps and 1,194 apps were identified in the Apple iTunes and Google Play stores, respectively. Of these unique apps, only 20 remained after excluding patient-centered apps. Upon further review for applicability to REI specifically and content accuracy, only seven apps remained. These seven apps were then rated using the APPLICATIONS scoring system. Conclusion: Only 0.32% of 2,179 apps reviewed for this study were useful to REI providers. There is potential for further mobile resource development in the area of REI, given the limited number and varying comprehensiveness and quality of available apps.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)254-258
Number of pages5
JournalTelemedicine Journal and e-Health
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2017

Keywords

  • mobile applications
  • mobile health
  • mobile phone

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