Name: Prodigy Patient
Publisher: Prodigy Patient Ltd
Apple: requires iOS 8.0 or later.
Android: requires Android 4.1 and up.
Windows: requires Windows 10 Mobile, Windows Phone 8.1
We tested this app on an iPhone 6.
Type of information: Aimed at patients, the app provides information and guidance on treating common conditions and illnesses.
- The information in the app is adapted from guidance commissioned and accredited by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
- Clear and comprehensive summaries of various conditions, written in plain English.
- Simple to use and navigate between topics.
- Free to download and free from advertising and sponsorship.
- No web version available. The creators have launched the app in response to web-based symptom checkers, but with no web version they may be limiting their audience.
Prodigy Patient is a medical app that offers advice and guidance on over 350 of the most common illnesses and conditions. The creators of the app have sought to move away from the ‘diagnostic’ element of other online symptom checkers and users will find no diagnosis guidance within the app. Instead the focus is on delivering reliable guidance and advice on managing known conditions and offers advice on when to seek medical advice.
The information in the app has been translated into patient-friendly language and is based on NICE commissioned Clinical Knowledge Summaries. These evidence-based summaries are produced by doctors and pharmacists and accredited by NICE which should provide the user with peace of mind that the guidance is safe and reliable.
That said, when using the app for the first time users are required to acknowledge that they should not follow any treatment advice unless it has been endorsed by a doctor and there are frequent reminders through the topic summaries that use of the app in no way replaces professional medical advice.
We found the app really simple to use: it’s possible to search across the content in 3 different ways: by body part/area, by symptoms or by condition. Take a look at the slideshow below for a brief overview of these different functions.
No account is required to use the app but users can sign up if they want to receive updates or news related to various conditions.
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