Review of infectious diseases applications for iPhone/iPad and Android: from pocket to patient

Clin Infect Dis. 2013 Oct;57(8):1145-54. doi: 10.1093/cid/cit455. Epub 2013 Jul 9.


The explosion of medical applications (apps) in the Apple and Google Play app stores has made it increasingly difficult to find relevant and reliable infectious diseases (ID) apps. Apple created a section called "Apps for Healthcare Professionals"; however, several ID apps are missing. Google Play's ID category has several non-ID apps. Many apps involve diagnosis and patient management, creating a need for regulations and oversight by the US Food and Drug Administration. There are no standards to guide accuracy or reliability of medical apps' content. We searched Apple and Google Play app stores to identify new ID apps. Over 1200 apps were identified. We applied several exclusion criteria to identify adult/pediatric apps with data from trustworthy sources that were not reviewed within the last year. Twelve new ID apps were identified with a comprehensive list of 24 ID apps to assist healthcare professionals at the point of care.

Keywords: Android; applications; iPad; iPhone; infectious diseases.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cell Phone*
  • Computers, Handheld*
  • Humans
  • Infectious Disease Medicine*
  • Internet
  • Medical Informatics Applications*
  • Software*