Mobile Apps & Resources: Spectrum

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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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Marcus Vaska & Pamela Harrison

Version reviewed:


Device & OS used:

iPad, iOS 10.2.1 & iPhone SE, iOS 10.3.1

Date of review:

April 22, 2017



Image Source: Spectrum, Google Play. ​Retrieved on May 11, 2017 from​

App developer

Spectrum Mobile Health Inc.

Antimicrobial stewardship working group: Paul Campsall, Vikas Chaubey, John Conly, Bruce Dalton, Daniel Gregson, Barry Kushner, Bayan Missaghi, Elizabeth Parfitt, Steve Vaughan, Danny Zuege



Apple iPhone, iPad, iPod touch [iOS 8.0+], last updated February 18, 2017


Android, [Android 4.1+], last updated February 7, 2017

Country of origin



6.9 MB


Healthcare workers involved in antimicrobial stewardship


Includes information applicable to multiple professions (e.g. pharmacists, intensivists, infectious disease specialists)


Stated Purpose

Customizable decision support app that uses algorithmic format to “deliver local antimicrobial stewardship resources”  including:

  • Local guidelines
  • Local resistance data
  • Local epidemiology
  • Pathogen information
  • Antimicrobial information
  • ID consult requests

(Source: app website:


This app is not selling an external product or service.



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

Antimicrobial Stewardship Working Group names provided, but without affiliations

Transparency of evidence is lacking: no dates for content updates, apart from App Store/Google Play listing information

No evidence grading.

However, the app website lists the following  endorsements (Source:

  • Calgary implementation received a LEADing practice award form Canada Health InfoWay and Accreditation Canada
  • Trusted by Alberta Health Services, Providence Health Care, and IWK Health Centre

Part 2: Source and authorship information for 3 entries

Entries do not provide source information; quality must be inferred from endorsements (see above), and membership of Antimicrobial Stewardship Working Group

Organization of information     

Intuitive organization of information allows users to easily scan points and icons for relevant information


Information is structured in algorithmic format to allow quick, case-specific navigation: the user proceeds down a customized pathway to find specific information


Some screens will ask users to patient characteristics (e.g. age range, measurements, previous infections) or setting features (e.g. long term care, acute care) to deliver customized information

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



Checklists gather information to provide user with customized care pathway information, using algorithmic format