Urology apps: Overview of current types and use

Guglielmo Mantica, Rafaela Malinaric, Federico Dotta, Irene Paraboschi, Giovanni Guano, Silvia Rebuffo, Massimo Garriboli, Nazareno Suardi, André Van der Merwe, Carlo Terrone

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Abstract

Introduction In recent years numerous applications have been developed with different purposes, aimed both at simplifying the lives of doctors and patients also within the urological field. Material and methods In January 2020 we conducted a search in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Results A total of 521 apps were reviewed, an increase of 8 times as compared to the last complete available review of eight years ago. Most of the urological apps are geared towards the patient and pro-vide information and services to improve the understanding and treatment of different diseases. Some of these apps also get the patient directly in touch with healthcare staff allowing for an improvement in doctor-patient communication. Conclusions Although the usefulness of many of these tools is undoubted, the problem of scientific vali-dation, content control and privacy are not yet solved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)369-372
Number of pages4
JournalCentral European Journal of Urology
Volume73
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • App
  • Education
  • Patients
  • Training
  • Urology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology

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