CompetitiveAnalysis-AnthonyChen

From CS 160 User Interfaces Sp10

Jump to: navigation, search

Contents

Project Summary

Our app allows doctors to quickly consult other doctors and get feedback on their patients' problems.

List of Similar Apps

  1. MedNet, MedNet LLC.
  2. MedScape, WebMD
  3. MobileDDx - Differential Diagnosis Tool, SkyScape
  4. mobilePDR, PDR.net
  5. Labs360, SkyScape
  6. Diagnosaurus DDx, Unbound Medicine
  7. iPhoneClinicalTrials, Clinical Trials
  8. Lexi-COMPLETE, Lexi-Comp
  9. Epocrates, Epocrates
  10. Sermo, Sermo

Analysis

MedNet

Target user group: Hospital staff, including nurses, physicians, secretaries

Functionality:

  • The ability to create and manage schedules, reports, charts.
  • Easy inventory management through built-in EDI/Email system for purchasing, and supply lists for looking at current inventory.

Price: ??

Usability: There isn't much functionality in this program at all. Its three functions, scheduling, generating reports, and inventory management are quite basic, and are just specialized to apply to the medical field. The app focuses more on the business aspect of running a hospital or a private practice, rather than the actual diagnosing of patients.

MedScape

Target user group: Physicians

Functionality:

  • Drug reference
  • Disease/condition reference, including images, videos, diagrams
  • Clinical procedures
  • Focused medical news
  • Local health directory

Price: Free

Usability: The app functions like a pocket reference for physicians. The app is advertised as providing all the information without having to have an internet connection (3G powered maybe?), which is very convenient. Ironically, because the app is free, there may be a certain lack of credibility that results from it (although this may be offset by the fact that it draws from a very large database that is WebMD). The app is not as focused as some other apps, meaning that certain disciplines may not find it as useful.

MobileDDx - Differential Diagnosis Tool

Target user group: Physicians

Functionality:

  • Helps doctors diagnose a disease
    • Search by organ, disease, symptom

Price: 9.95/year

Usability: This app tries to solve the same problem that we are solving, however, it does so through pure facts and the single doctor rather than using a collective group opinion. If a doctor is unsure of how to diagnose a disease, they can use this as a reference to see what possibilities there are. Doctors can also see related diagnoses to a certain diagnose that they made to help them consider other options.

mobilePDR

Target user group: Physicians, Pharmacists

Functionality:

  • Network of only people in the medical field
  • Full FDA-approved drug labeling and PDR.net's concise drug information (including interactions)
  • Specialty-focused resource centers
  • Daily news updates
  • Study abstracts
  • PDR eBooks
  • MEDLINE & Stedman's Medical Dictionary
  • Opportunities for receiving drug samples
  • Point-of-care PDA download for clinical decision support

Price: ??

Usability: This app acts as another general reference for doctors. It adds a networking aspect in the form of clinical decision support, and draws from existing large databases of medical information. However, it doesn't have much of a personal feel for the doctor and seems just like a reference tool.

Labs360

Target user group: Medical researchers, Physicians

Functionality:

  • Information about lab tests and its clinical utility
  • Details on high/low values for lab test results
  • Descriptions on how lab tests might be conducted

Price: 59.95/3years

Usability: This app focuses on lab tests. Thus, it might be more useful to medical researchers than physicians. Physicians would only use this product to be informed about which lab tests are used to diagnose which diseases. The inner details about lab tests would be more of an academic study for them. Other than that, it is impressive that it has drawn upon a database of lab results to determine what constitutes a "normal" value for a particular test.

Diagnosaurus DDx

Target user group: Patients, Physicians

Functionality:

  • Database of diagnoses
  • Disease, symptom, or organ system searching
  • Personalized favorites
  • Cross Links connect related entries

Price: 0.99

Usability: This app serves as a reference tool for patients or physicians to look up different diagnoses. It is convenient in that it has multiple search options and shows related results for each entry. It also personalizes the information by adding in favorites. However, it has a glaring problem of lack of transparency of the source of its database of diagnoses. This may result in lack of credibility and a limited number of users actually using it (limited to curious patients).

iPhone Clinical Trials

Target user group: Physicians, Medical researchers

Functionality:

  • 73,000 registered clinical trials from the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health database
  • Search options based on location, status, trial type, phase
  • User voting system to rate most important recent clinical trials

Price: 0.99

Usability: This app shows results of clinical trials for researchers or physicians. Because of the academic nature of these trials, it may be more useful to medical researchers than physicians. The way it has scavenged the data from renowned databases is impressive. It also has the nice feature of collaborative feedback - having users rate which trials are more important.

Lexi-COMPLETE

Target user group: Physicians, Pharmacists

Functionality:

  • Integrates over 20 databases, ranging from drugs to diseases to allergies, into one package.
    • Its Drug database is the highest rated out of mobile apps
  • Updated monthly

Price: 285.00/year

Usability: This app acts as a reference tool that pools a lot of information for physicians. It focuses on the technical side of a physicians' duty, rather than the personal side. The information that it provides seems very thorough, although all of it comes at an insanely high price.

Epocrates

Target user group: Physicians, Pharmacists, Anesthesiologist

Functionality:

  • Drug information, images
  • Disease monographs, images
  • Focused news updates
  • Diagnostic and lab tests (not very many)
  • Medical dictionary
  • ICD-9 Tests/Codes

Price: 199/year

Usability: This is similar to Lexi-Complete in that it provides quite a thorough reference suite or physicians and pharmacists. It lacks transparency into the references that it draws its databases from, but the high price seems to offset that and justify its legitimacy. Similar to many other apps, it lacks the personal touch involved with a phone.

Sermo

Target user group: Physicians, Dentists, Specialists

Functionality:

  • Online web community
  • Offers doctors to post questions/observations on certain medical issues
  • Offers other doctors' anonymous opinions as a service.
  • Only open to registered practitioners in the medical field.

Price: Case by case

Usability: This app is the most similar to our app in terms of overall focus. It uses the collaborative effort of doctors around the world to help diagnose cases or to provide information about medical news.

Summary

Out of the ten services looked at above, only one service really stands out as being similar to our goal - Sermo. The rest of the services/apps function mostly as a static reference tool, pooling data from databases which may or may not contain stale/old data. Furthermore, the data in the databases are frequently superfluous - they are about things that are common knowledge to almost all physicians and would never be referenced anyway.

Sermo moves away from that static database querying model by tapping into the human network resource. The difficulty with implementing this sort of model is that it requires an established user base. This is probably our biggest challenge. Other considerations would include how to manage privacy and certain information standards such as HIPAA.

Another point is that the way users interact with our app would ideally be fundamentally different than the way they interact with most medical reference tools. I emphasized that most apps out there serve as reference tools only - there is no personal interaction. The user experience we want to strive for is that our application is like another doctor who the current doctor can talk to and ask questions. Each doctor would have their own profile, and they could rate each others' effectiveness as well. There also may be a business aspect involved, with doctors offering compensation for answers to their questions.



[add comment]
Personal tools