Mobile Apps & Resources: Skyscape Medical Library


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  • In the ‘Usability’ section, we assess the organization of information and other usability factors that may contribute to user experience

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Skyscape Medical Library


Skyscape Medical Library


Shelley White & Catherine Young

Version reviewed

Version 2.7.9 (Android); 2.6.14 (iOS)

Device & OS used

Samsung Galaxy Tablet  E 9.6" Android 7.1.1; iPhone 6s; 12.1

Date of review

December 24, 2018



Image Source: Skyscape Medical Library, Apple App Store. ​Retrieved on January 28, 2019 from

App developer

Company Name:
Skyscape Medpresso, Inc.



iPhone, iPad, and iPod. Requires iOS 9.0 or later in the App Store (6.0 or higher listed in app.)

Last updated (as per App Store listing): December 12, 2018.

Android Devices that support Google Play.

Requires Android 4.2 and up in Google Play (3.0 or higher listed in app).​

Last updated (as per Google Play listing): November 14, 2018.


Country of origin





13 MB for Android; 53.5 MB for iOS



No specialty. 

Physicians, Nurses, Students and Healthcare




Stated Purpose  

Decision-support tool for Physicians, Nurses,
Students and Healthcare Professionals with over 400 resources / titles from leading Publishers, Authors and Medical Societies.




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


Part 2: Source and authorship information for 3 entries



Organization      of Information


The app has a simple organization.

The home page provides the following links:
• Skyscape Galaxy of Apps
• Store
• Search bar
• Skyscape Clinical Calculator
• Centers for Disease Control and
• MedWatch
• Skyscape Clinical Consult
• SkyscapeRx
• MedBeats
• Settings
• Messages

The following are available via a pop-out
navigation menu in the bottom right corner of
the app:
• Home
• Store
• MedBeats
• History
• Bookmarks
• Settings



Calculator, MedWatch, Skyscape Clinical Consult, and SkyscapeRx all have multiple indexes (from a drop-down menu at the top of the page) and are searchable.

There are broken links to drug information in Skyscape Clinical Consult.

  • Saved list of bookmarks.
  • Customizable newsfeed (MedBeats)

Internet connection required for use: No
Text search field: Yes; Browsable content: Yes by subjectAdvertisements: No; Pop-up advertisements: NoIn-app purchases: Yes



Calculator includes hundreds of different point of care calculators.

SkyscapeRx includes hundreds of drug monographs.

Calculator includes measuring tools and screening tools. Skyscape Galaxy of Apps offers additional functionality such as an NCLEX question of the week, and a medical terminology word game. These apps must be downloaded separately.