Mobile Apps & Resources: AHRQ Electronic Preventive Service Selector (ePSS)


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AHRQ Electronic Preventive Service Selector (ePSS)


AHRQ Electronic Preventive Service Selector (ePSS) 


Connie Winther & Rachel Zhao

Version reviewed

iPad App Version 3.50.08 & Android App Version 3.10.09

Device & OS used

iPad iOS 11.2.6, Android 8.1.0

Date of review

June 15, 2018



Image Source: AHRQ Electronic Preventive Service Selector (ePSS), Apple App Store. ​Retrieved on June 29, 2018 from

App developer

AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)



Phone: (301) 427-1364



Compatible version available for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and all other major mobile platforms
iOS 9.0 or later 
Feb 24, 2018

2.3 and up Appears to be available for all Android devices, as long as they meet the OS requirements

Android OS
OS 2.3 and up 
May 23, 2018

Country of origin

United States


11.8 MB for iOS; 4.4MB for Android


Primary care

Primary care clinicians and health care teams




Stated Purpose

The ePSS application was developed to assist primary care clinicians identify the screening, counseling, and preventive medication services that are appropriate for their patients. The ePSS information is based on the current recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and can be searched by specific patient characteristics, such as age, sex, and selected behavioral risk factors. When using this tool please read the specific recommendation to determine if the preventive service is appropriate for your patient. This tool is not meant to replace clinical judgment and individualized patient care. The ePSS is available as a web application and mobile applications.​ 




Part 1: Editorial committee, content updates, and evidence grading

Very comprehensive and transparent information on editorial committee, content updates, and evidence grading. 


Part 2: Source and authorship information for 3 entries

The content on the app is the condensed version of the full guidelines. All the citation lists are in the full guidelines.  



Organization of information

Home page allows selection of whether to search for recommendations based on individual patient characteristics, or options to browse by topic, or grade. Home page also provides links to other topics. Easy to navigate back home from other pages
App is organized into 8 slightly different sections in both the iPad version and the Android version.
8 sections in the iPad version:
- Search for Recommendations
- Browse by Topics 
- Browse by Grade
- Grade Definitions
- Tools
- What’s New
- About
8 sections in the Android version:
- Search for Recommendations
- Browse by Topics 
- Keyword Search
- Browse by Grade
- Bookmarks
- Saved Searches
- Settings
- Information


In iPad: The homepage is a navigation system which lists the contents in different categories. Users can always go back to the homepage. 

In Android phone: When first opening the app, users will be in the “Search for Recommendations” section. The navigation panel is provided through a menu icon, but there is no homepage to go to.

User account required: No Internet connection required for use: Yes; Text search field: Yes Able to keyword searchBrowsable content: Yes Browsable by topic name: No; Pop-up advertisements: No; In-app purchases: No



Includes screening tools.