At QxMD, we believe that knowledge translation– the process by which new knowledge is incorporated into clinical practice – is an important and unsolved challenge for our health care system. Calculate (iOS, Android, BlackBerry) is our best known app to date and has focused on converting clinical prediction rules and medical calculations into simple to use tools to enhance point of care decision making.
We know that health care professionals need to stay up to date on the latest medical research and topic reviews to provide optimal care. Unfortunately, the process of content discovery is broken with research artificially compartmentalized by publishers and hidden behind countless institutional pay walls. We built ‘Read by QxMD’ (iOS) to provides a single place to keep up with new research, read outstanding topic reviews and search PubMed.
This iPhone & iPad app provides a simple interface that drives discovery and seamless access to the medical literature by reformatting it into a personalized digital medical journal (think Flipboard meets Pubmed).
✔ Get full text PDFs with one tap
✔ Keep up with the latest new research that will impact your practice
✔ Browse through 1000s of outstanding topic reviews
✔ Search millions of articles from PubMed and our database of outstanding topic reviews
✔ Read your favorite journals or browse article collections.
✔ Access full text through your university/institutional subscription or via open access publishers
✔ Share articles with colleagues over email, Twitter and Facebook
✔ Organize and review your personal collection of articles
Compared to Medical Journals Apps:
Tablets are clearly a winner when it comes to consuming media, and medical publishers know this. While many medical journals have iPad & iPhone versions, it’s still much less than 1% of all medical journals. As the number of medical journals with iOS versions grow, people will quickly realize they don’t want to use 100 different apps to read 100 articles from various journals.The difference between medical journals and consumer magazines is worth pointing out.Someone may choose to read Vanity Fair on iPad because they love the magazine, the ads, the opinion pieces, etc. Readers trust that Vanity Fair will do a great job and are attracted to the magazine and the content their editorial team will pull together. Medical journals collate articles in a highly artifactual way as authors compete to get into the best journals (primarily to ensure academic promotion).But users want to read articles based on quality & relevance to their practice, regardless of where they are published. While journal impact factors is certainly an import indicator of article quality, there are dozens of factors which, collectively, are much more important that just the journal impact factor. Even if one were to keep up with all the top tier journals from ones own field, one would miss a large number of articles. Looking at the example of Nephrology, >50% of landmark articles in this field are published in non-kidney journals. This holds true in all areas of medicine.
So, clinicians want a collection of all the relevant and high quality articles that might impact them and their patients. They need a personalized medical journal. That’s what Read does – and no one else is doing this the way we do.
Read by QxMD connects users to these outstanding topic reviews. Here is a screen shot of the topic reviews that ‘Read’ found on lupus nephritis. Guess who wrote 2 out 3 – Dr. Gerald Appel.
Compared to Pubget
Pubget tackled the problem whereby once user knows they want to read an article, it involved up to 10 minutes of frustrating interface with a university library system to find the e-journal resource. They brought that process down to 1-click and in doing so, became a top search portal for the medical literature. However, Pubget doesn’t do any type of algorithmic curation. You search and they help connect you with the e-resource.
Read helps users discover content and then uses similar techniques as Pubget to get full text PDFs in 1-tap.
Compared to Apathy
Yes, our largest competitor is apathy. Keeping up to date can be so overwhelming and frustrating that many clinicians may not do a great job of keeping up with the latest medical research.