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How do I find reliable software applications for my mobile device?

Answer: 

Check out our suggestions for quickly finding good clinical and productivity apps!

Introduction: 

Apps for mobile devices proliferate so quickly that even technology and information professionals have a hard time keeping up! Here we share some of the approaches we use to locate, evaluate, and recommend mobile apps for clinical or productivity needs.

Step by Step: 
  1. Understand that many app vendors will sell your aggregate data (e.g., kinds and numbers of searches) to companies in the healthcare industry
  2. Find useful apps:
  3. Evaluate the apps you find:
    • Is it published by a reputable vendor? (this can be a tricky one, as many new vendors actually understand the mobile platform far better than old standbys)
    • Does the user interface (navigation, structure, look and feel) seem easy for you to use and master, or does it feel awkward to you?
    • Is the cost fair for the simplicity or complexity of the product?
  4. Try it out!
    • The cost of most apps is free or minimal, so trying an app that seems like it meets your needs for a few weeks is a worthwhile risk! If it doesn't work for you, delete it and start again with step 1 to find a better app. Chances are, in the few weeks you've been trying out the app you didn't like, one that you will has come onto the scene.
Help: 

For more information or to request a consultation, contact the Service Desk at (434) 924-5444.