TechTool review – MAP+EM by Eola Holdings on iOS and Android
Website: – iTunes – Google Play – Website
Their website is lovely for a start, and gives a really clear overview of their aims and what the app offers. I don’t normally comment on app names, but I’m not sure why they chose the name MAP+EM. Their guidelines are for the whole hospital, not just the Emergency Department, so the name seems to unnecessarily limit their market. And the plus in the middle of the name is confusing. They will find it very difficult to be searched on Google.
The app design is nice and clean. It has a good colour scheme and is easy to navigate. The guidelines can be downloaded on your mobile, so no internet connection will be needed to use it.
The content will be determined by your hospital but can include:
- Treatment guidelines
- Prescribing guidelines and doses
- Pagers/hospital contact numbers
- Details about teaching/conferences.
How much does it cost?
- The app is free for doctors to use.
- Currently hospitals can use it for free, but clearly that’s not a sustainable business model, so I guess they may have to charge hospitals at some point
Room for improvement
- The treatment guidelines have yellow highlighted sections for the drug dosing – it cheapens the look and is distracting. There is other bizarre highlighting going on throughout that should be removed
- The giant red exclamation mark in the bottom right of every screen (disclaimer) is unnecessary – we should be able to accept the disclaimer and then get rid of it
- A name change would help make their aims clearer and also improve online searchability
What’s the overall verdict?
- This app solves two of the problems that most annoy me as a hospital worker – access to treatment guidelines and contact numbers.
- The number of hours wasted trying to locate pager numbers and find guidelines must be costing the public health system a fortune.
- There are other apps that do this, but MAP+EM is one of the best-looking and best-designed ones I’ve seen. I hope the developers can persuade hospitals to use this as it would benefit us all