Mobile Apps & Resources: EvidenceAlerts


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Librarian reviewers consider the audience and purpose of the apps, as well as highlighting additional features:
  • In the ‘Evidence’ section, we assess how easily an app user can identify the app’s currency and support from the evidence
  • In the ‘Usability’ section, we assess the organization of information and other usability factors that may contribute to user experience

Our complete grading criteria for evidence and usability are embedded in the review.

Please note that the reviewers are not healthcare professionals, and so cannot appraise the quality of any recommendations within the app. The reviews are not endorsements.

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 Versions reviewed

Android Version 3.5.3,  iOS Version 19.04.09,

 Device & OS used

Galaxy Tablet A7 Android; iPhone iOS 16.0.3

 Date of review

October 23 & 24, 2022 

Mark Mueller & Marcus Vaska

 Technician Support 

Brandie Bailey

 Similar Library Apps    n/a

Image Source: EvidenceAlerts. Retrieved on October 26, 2022 from:

Stated Purpose  
“EvidenceAlerts is a continuously updated repository of current best evidence from research to support evidence-based clinical decisions.
All articles from 112 premier clinical journals are pre-rated for quality by highly trained research staff, then rated for clinical relevance and interest by at least 3 members of a worldwide panel of practicing physicians. Only the strongest studies and systematic reviews are selected for EvidenceAlerts; less than 1 in 10 published articles makes the grade.
EvidenceAlerts does not cover basic science, and is providing clinically relevant new evidence to practicing physicians more than a comprehensive literature database for researchers.” (EvidenceAlerts website, 2022)

“Use the mobile EvidenceAlerts app to get notified when you receive new alerted articles, to view your saved articles, and to search the complete EvidenceAlerts database.” (Apple Store; Google Play)

This app will be useful for any healthcare professional and anyone working with health personnel interest in receiving regular evidence-based information on a particular topic.  It is essentially a current awareness health marketing tool.

  • Alerted Articles
  • Saved Articles
  • Alert Settings (user can set up frequency of e-mail alerts)


Image Source: EvidenceAlerts Retrieved on: October 26, 2022 from:


The app covers a wide range of medical specialties and disciplines, including physicians and researchers.

While the About this Site section places emphasis on physicians and researchers as the most likely beneficiaries of this app, registration is free and anyone working in the health sector (physicians, nurses, pharmacists, students) can download the app and register for a free account.

Part 1: Editorial committee, content updates, and evidence grading
EvidenceAlerts certainly maintains its stronghold as a leaving current-awareness information push service, providing the latest, carefully-selected articles on a wide range of medical topics.  It is indeed an indispensable resource for physicians, researchers, and any healthcare professionals which to remain up-to-date with the latest articles written in their field.

Part 2: Source and authorship information for 3 entries
As the app is fully customizable based on a user’s preferences, articles appeared in the Alerted Articles and Most Accessed Articles will vary.  However, the search functionality is extensive, and retrieved citations are also ranked on a 7-star system, making it easy to locate the high quality evidence within mere seconds

Organization of information
The EvidenceAlerts app consists of 5 categories/menu items

  • Alerted Articles
    •  Similar to current awareness alerts, where a customized list of articles is presented, based on the user’s profile/interest
  • Saved Articles
    • User’s can save favourite articles for posterity
  • Most Accessed Articles
    • This provides a representative sample of popular articles within a given discipline 
  • Search Functionality
    • Extensive search capabilities allowing for users to browse through evidence-based guidelines, systematic reviews, and original studies
  • Personal Account Information  
    • Profile, Alert Settings, Actions


The bottom of the screen has five buttons which users can use to navigate to settings, profile, etc.  To navigate to the guidelines, click the book icon.


User Account required: Yes: 
Internet connection required for use: Yes: Continuous Internet access is required to login to the app, access the citations, and access the full-text (if available)
Text search field: Yes: Text search field is extensive, intuitive, with smart searching capabilities
Browsable content: Yes
Advertisements: No
Pop-up advertisements: No
In-app purchases: No

Compatible with: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac

Requires: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch requires iOS 10.0 or later; MacOS 11.0 or later & Apple 1 chip or later. EvidenceAlerts on the App Store (
Last updated (as per App store listing) : April 10, 2019

Compatible with: Android Phones & Tablets

Requires: Android 5.0 and up. EvidenceAlerts - Apps on Google Play
Last updated (as per Google Play listing): April 9, 2019

40.1 MB (iOS); 15MB (Android)

App Developer

McMaster University

Country of Origin

Health Information Research Unit
McMaster University
Communications Research Lab, First Floor
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4K1
Website: EvidenceAlerts | Home
Phone: (905)-525-9140 ext. 22737