In late April 2018 the Developing Countries Program released a new app, aimed at improving the availability and use of locally developed clinical treatment guidelines in the Solomon Islands and Fiji.
‘Solomon Islands Guideline Host’ allows Solomon Islander health workers to access the Solomon Islands Antibiotic Guidelines, Solomon Islands Paediatric Guidelines and the local Essential Medicines List via an offline accessible app for smart phones and tablet computers. This electronic access allows the Ministry of Health to disseminate guidelines without having to rely on printed paper versions, which are expensive, susceptible to the humid conditions of the Pacific and easy to lose.
‘Fiji Guideline Host’ allows Fijian health workers to access the Fiji Cardiovascular Guidelines and Fiji Essential Medicines List via a quick and easy to use app.
The Developing Countries Program hopes to extend the offer of hosting local guidelines via apps to more countries in the future, improving access to guidelines and enhancing patient care.