The University of Maryland Medical Center has launched its own Medical Encyclopedia mobile application that serves to diagnose basic aliments. UMMC has set up this app like many other diagnostic mobile applications. The main menu is laid out to allow the user to search under several different options including symptoms, disease, nutrition and poison, to name a few.
The internal pages of this app are not entirely user-friendly. The app resembles a minimized Web site, using tiny links that are difficult to click and often slow to load. The user can use the pinch zoom feature to enlarge the text, but the result sacrifices smooth page navigation.
The breadth of information provided in these internal pages is impressive, but lacks the depth to be suitable for clinical professionals. It's more targeted for an education setting: The articles themselves, appropriately, read like introductory college-level text book chapters that have been abbreviated into four or five extended paragraphs.
To the app creator's credit, Medical Encyclopedia does include hi-res images of health ailments and defects that, when enlarged, are helpful in describing the topic at hand. The app also includes a YouTube feature which could be interesting if it included fewer mainstream, buzz-topic stories.
This app needs a little more development before I could recommend it for serious clinical use. Medical Encyclopedia does serve as a good resource for aspiring medical professionals, but in order to be useful to physicians, nurses and other clinicians, it needs to boast more specific search categories that include detailed information on diseases and symptoms.