Urological Cancer Nomograms is a basic application that allows users access to nearly 30 several different prostate cancer nomograms developed at the University of Montreal. The app breaks the nomograms up into different categories based on whether the nomogram deals with the cancer prior to diagnosis, prior to treatment, after surgery, after PSA relapse, and when reaching hormonal refractory status. Nomograms are set up in typical iPhone format, allowing for easy data entry and calculation. Additionally, there is a link within each nomogram that allows access to the research paper or abstract by which the nomogram was created.
Sexiness of Interface/Ease of Use:
This app has a very basic user interface, which although easy to use was unappealing to look at. All information is displayed on a white background with black text (honestly one of the least attractive apps I’ve seen). Additionally, the app does not offer multitouch capabilities or the ability to zoom-in on a specific part of the text, which may make it difficult for some to use. Furthermore, when entering data, there is no option to scroll through the nomogram, making it awkward to enter data into the required fields.
This app is most useful for urology residents, fellows, and practicing urologists to use as a quick reference to several urologic nomograms in the hopes that through these predictive models the physician can make the best clinical decisions for his/her patients in treating their prostate cancer. This app is not intended for medical students or patients.
The idea of this app is excellent in offering a multitude of prostate cancer nomograms at the tip of the physician’s finger on his/her iPhone; however, the user interface and fact that all of the information comes from one academic group causes this app to fall just short in my opinion.