One of the most challenging things for health practitioners, particularly pediatricians, is encountering stressed out parents that come to the consultation with a sick baby suffering from some sort of infection who is crying or febrile (having a fever).
Neither the baby nor parents can tell you what's wrong. But the parents would have a lot of questions to ask you, and probably also a great interest in understanding what is happening.
Explaining to parents what is going on with their child is equally challenging. It could be a normal development process or an illness, but healthcare providers need to put both into a plain language.
This part is especially important because empowering patients to learn some basic information about their healthcare could lead to significant improvement of a patient's motivation to care for themselves. The same applies to teaching parents about their children's health and encouraging them to talk about any concerns they might have.
Spanish-based company ec-europe addressed this need and developed Miniatlas Pediatrics app to help facilitate the communication between healthcare providers and parents, by allowing providers to quickly and conveniently present the most common pediatric ailments and topics in form of concise text and quality illustrations.
The app doesn't require creating an account. However, upon opening, you might notice a notification at the bottom of the screen that the app is downloading a database. While this isn't a big file, keep in mind to disable mobile data or use WiFi to avoid unnecessary costs.
The app will try to connect to the Internet every time you start it, but the good thing is that it can be used offline.
The main page titled Books is pretty simple. It features a list including various topics. There are My Images and Pediatrics sections available, while others such as ADHD, Fever in Children, Pediatric Nutrition, and others are 'grayed out' with 'Buy' button next to it.
Don't let this button fool you because even the content in these sections is also available for free. Well, at least the textual content. Image sets for each of these 'grayed out' sections require purchase for $2.99 each.
I think this is an example of really awkward design because many users won't open these sections thinking that they might be unavailable and that the app might charge them.
I would suggest developers to indicate what is free and what requires purchase (and for how much) to avoid confusion.
Other than this, the Miniatlas Pediatrics app is incredibly easy to navigate through. Pediatrics section opens to a list of books, including topics like Growth and Development, Common infections of infancy, Allergy in childhood, and more.
Opening any of the books in this list would list chapters in a similar fashion. For example, Common infections of infancy would list chapters such as Diseases that can be prevented by vaccines, Measles, Chickenpox, etc.
Each of the chapters is presented in a short but concise textual format and high-quality image that can be opened by tapping on it and enlarged further by pinching the screen to zoom in and out.
The images are basically educational infographics, which are trying to explain the particular topics in a way that would easy to understand when presented to parents during their visit.
For example, the image of measles shows how the virus that causes the disease looks like, route of infection, specific signs and symptoms, such as Koplik's spots, rash distribution, complications, etc.
The app allows users to print each topic and image, or to save it on their device or share it via email. However, there's no option to save the content in the app, i.e. add it to Favorites, so I couldn't figure out the purpose of My Images section. It will always be empty due to the lack of ability to add images.
Besides Books tab, there are also three more tabs. First is the Image tab that obviously lists all downloaded images. However, they've not listed alphabetically or grouped by condition. Also, there's no easy way to browse through this list.
Next tab is Search that allows you to search through the content, but it has no autocomplete option and won't find anything if you mistyped it.
Finally, there's the About section that provides more information about the developers and the app and allows users to change the language (the app is available in English and Spanish).
The app is only available on iPhone and iPad devices.
Overall, Miniatlas Pediatrics app is a useful tool for Pediatric or Family Medicine practitioners that could help them facilitate communication and trust with their patients.
However, some parts of it are not well designed, lacking some obvious features. Let's hope that developers would fix that, which could vastly improve the user experience.
Benefit: Pediatric or Family Medicine practitioners would benefit from this app, particularly when discussing important topics with parents inquiring about their children's health