Mobile Apps & Resources

Guidance and access to mobile apps and sites provided to staff through the Library.

Things to Consider When Selecting and Using Mobile Apps

Connectivity

Should I use wireless (WiFi) or mobile broadband (cellular data)?

Some apps require consistent connectivity, while others need to be connected to WiFi or mobile broadband for updates.
Think about how and where you'll be using an app most. Does the area have wireless? If not, using mobile broadband will cost you. Check out the connectivity capabilities of your device.

Device Operating System

Different apps are available for different devices. Most library-supported apps are available for Apple and Android devices. Keep in mind that some apps are designed specifically for tablets or smart phones, not both.

Get the Right Device

Computer Data Storage

All devices come with a certain amount of storage space. When you download and install an app on your mobile device it takes up a certain amount of storage real estate.
Consider how much space you are willing to give up on your device for an app. Some apps take up a considerable amount of storage, while others are not as large.

BMJ Best Practice

Have confidence in your clinical decisions. Check guidelines and evidence, consult expert opinion, brush up on rare conditions, and confirm that you are taking the correct course of action.

The BMJ Best Practice app is your instant second opinion, whenever and wherever you need it.

Audience

System Requirements

Device Operating System Space Required
Apple iPhone/iPad iOS 7.0 or later 32 MB
Android 4.2 and up  

Connectivity

Download and Install

For initial download, please ensure you are connected to a WiFi network to avoid charges to your cellular data plan.

Create a BMJ Best Practice Account

  1. Access BMJ Best Practice via the library's databases page
  2. Create a BMJ Best Practice personal account in pop-up box
  3. Download and install app from the App Store or from Google Play
  4. Select "login" and enter your BMJ Best Practice personal account details to sign in

To update BMJ Best Practice simply open the application. As long as your device is connected to a wireless network or a cellular data plan, the content will update automatically. You will be able to tell if there are updates by the loading icon next to the wireless/cellular icon on your device and by the "Installing" notification next to certain topics.

This process may take some time. It is a good idea to update content frequently so you can avoid slowdowns when you need to use the app.
Note: You may want to plug in your device and make sure you're connected to the internet via wireless connection--not cellular--before performing updates. Heavy data usage rates may apply.

ClinicalKey

Point-of-care reference tool that searches over 1,000 books, 500 journals, thousands of videos, and millions of images. Find information on rare cases and earn CME credits on the go. ClinicalKey draws relevant answers from continuously updated, trusted content and multimedia across medical specialties.

Audience

System Requirements

Device Operating System Space Required
Apple iPhone/iPad Requires iOS 8.0 or later. 20.4 MB
Android 4.1 and up  

Connectivity

Download and Install

  1. Access ClinicalKey via the library's databases page
  2. From ClinicalKey's website, select "Register" in the top right corner
  3. Fill out required fields and use your @nshealth.ca email to create account and confirm registration
  4. Access ClinicalKey again via the library's databases page 
  5. Select "Login" and select "Apply for Remote Access". Enter your email
  6. Confirm remote access in activation email
  7. Visit the App Store or Google Play from your mobile device to download ClinicalKey
  8. Open the app and login with your account details (@nshealth.ca email and password)

iPublish Central

eReader app that syncs with library eBooks purchased through select publishers including Thieme and American Pathology Association. App supports PDF, EPUB 2 & EPUB 3 formats.

Audience

System Requirements

Device Operating System Space Required
Apple iPhone/iPad iOS 8.0 or later 110 MB
Android 4.4 and up  

Connectivity

Download and Install

This app can be used without a WiFi or cellular connection. However, it must be updated periodically and will require an internet connection. WiFi is required to download e-books. They can then be viewed without a connection.

Set-up Instructions

  1. Visit the App Store or Google Play from your mobile device to download iPublish Central
  2. Open your web browser and visit the following URL to download e-books:

No account set-up required.

iPublish updates automatically when you open the application. Manual content updates are not required.

Isabel

Isabel is a support tool for diagnostic decision-making. Enter symptoms and clinical features for a rapid list of possible diagnoses, as well as guidelines and protocols, and access to related information from textbooks, journals, and internet resources. Covers over 6,000 diseases and 4,000 drugs in all specialties.

When Should You Use Isabel?

  • Cases with diagnostic dilemma
  • When your patient is not responding to treatment
  • To research potential pathologies
  • When you need evidence-based guidelines and treatment options
  • With patients who have been in hospital without diagnosis for two days or more

Audience

Connectivity

Access Isabel

  1. Contact asklibrary@nshealth.ca to request username and password
  2. Access Isabel via the library's databases page
  3. [Optional] Save the shortcut to your home screen
  4. You may be asked to login using your NSHA credentials (see screen capture below). If so, use the same username and password you use to log in to your work computer or work email

  5. You may be asked to login a second time. If so, use the username and password provided by Library Services in step 1 and check Remember Me to save the login details for later

  6. If accessing from a mobile device, save the web site to your home screen

E-mail asklibrary@nshealth.ca to request username and password.

Isabel updates automatically. Manual content updates are not required.

Micromedex App Suite

Drugs, interactions, dosing tools, including neonatal and pediatric.

Audience

System Requirements

Device Operating System Space Required
Apple iPhone/iPad iOS 8.0 or later 5.6-8.1 MB
Android 4.0 and up  

Connectivity

User Resources

Download and Install

Each of the five Micromedex apps require a password. E-mail asklibrary@nshealth.ca to request the passwords.

  1. Download and install app from the App Store or from Google Play (see individual links below)
  2. Open the app and select "MicroMedex Customer"
  3. Enter the password provided by the library

Micromedex Drug Reference

Download from the App Store or Google Play.

Micromedex Drug Interactions

Download from the App Store or Google Play.

Micromedex IV Compatibility

Download from the App Store or Google Play.​

Micromedex Neofax

Download from the App Store or Google Play.​

Micromedex Pediatrics

Download from the App Store or Google Play.​

No account set-up required. Contact the library at asklibrary@nshealth.ca to request app passwords.

The data contained in Micromedex is under a constant review process and is updated as needed. You will be notified by the application when updates are available.

PsychiatryOnline

Features access to  DSM-5®—the most widely used psychiatric reference in the world—and The American Journal of Psychiatry for psychiatric reference.

Audience

System Requirements

PsychiatryOnline is browser-based. Any mobile browser on any mobile device will work.

Connectivity

How to Pair Your Mobile Device With PsychiatryOnline

See the following document on how to pair your mobile device with your My POL (PsychiatryOnline) account.

  1. Visit PsychiatryOnline from the Library's Databases page
  2. Click on the "Register" link at the top of the page
  3. Create an account
You will have access to the most up-to-date content when you sign into your My POL (PsychiatryOnline) account.

Stat!Ref

More than 80 e-books, Med-Calc medical calculator a. 400+ resources in over 50 healthcare disciplines, including dentistry, emergency medicine, Evidence-based medicine, infectious disease, microbiology, nursing, nutrition & dietetics, oncology, patient safety, pediatrics, pharmacology & pharmacy, point of care, psychiatry, public health, and surgery.

Audience

Stat!Ref is appropriate for all staff.

System Requirements

Device Operating System Space Required
Apple iPhone/iPad iOS 9.0 or later 9.1 MB
Android 4.1 and up  

Connectivity

Download and Install

  1. Access Stat!Ref via the library's databases page
  2. From Stat!Ref's website, click on the "My Stat!Ref" link in the top right corner
  3. Create an account
  4. Once your account has been created, select the "Temporary Login Account" tab option at the top of the page
  5. Select "Activate/Renew"
  6. Download Stat!Ref from the App Store or from Google Play
  1. Access Stat!Ref via the library's databases page
  2. From Stat!Ref's website, click on the "My Stat!Ref" link in the top right corner
  3. Create an account

How to Renew Your Account When Your Username and Password Expire

An expiration reminder email for users are sent 10 days, and then again 1 day, prior to expiration.

  1. Access Stat!Ref via the library's databases page
  2. Login to your My Stat!Ref Account
  3. Select the "Temporary Login Account" tab then click the "Activate/Renew" button

Stat!Ref updates automatically. Manual content updates are not required.

How Do I Keep My Apps Up-to-Date?

Here is some general information on how to keep your apps up-to-date. Choose a device to learn more.

  1. Open the Google Play Store app
  2. In the top left corner, touch the menu icon next to the title "Play Store"
  3. Select "My apps & games"
  4. Select "Update All"
  1. Open the App Store app
  2. In the bottom left corner, select "Updates"
  3. From here you can update individual app or you can update all apps at once
  1. Touch the Blackberry World icon
  2. Swipe to the left to reveal the navigation menu
  3. Tap "My World" then select "My Apps & Games"
  4. Tap the overflow icon (...)
  5. Tap "Check for Updates"
  6. When the updates are complete you will receive an Update check complete message
  1. Press the Windows button
  2. Open the Windows Store app
  3. Activate the Charms bar. Touch the "Settings" charm
  4. Touch "App updates"
  5. Tap "Check for Updates". From this screen, you can also set your apps to automatically update