Looking for a tool to help you keep up with medical news and research while you’re on the go? Founded in 2010, Docphin is a free platform that personalizes the literature to make it quick and easy for you to hone in on the content from the sea of thousands of medical journals and news outlets that’s most relevant to you and your patients.
Let’s see what the Docphin experience looks like on an Android.
When you register for an account, Docphin will ask for typical information like your name and email address. It will also ask you to select your institution so that you can access full text content from paid resources. Once you select UCSF as your institution, all you’ll have to do is log in with your MyAccess credentials when you want to view paid content off campus, thanks to the library’s recent implementation of EZproxy. Additionally, you will also be asked to choose your training level (resident, student, fellow, etc.) and your area(s) of specialty. These details allow Docphin to customize the platform to your research interests.
Docphin can be broken down into three essential areas: Medstream, Journals, and Search. Medstream pulls the latest published news items and articles that are relevant to your specified area(s) of interest into one stream so that you can see them all on one screen.
The Journals screen allows you to choose journals to follow from over 5,000 titles so that the journals you’re most interested in will appear in one place for when you’d like to browse by title.
The Search screen provides the standard fields of article title, author, and journal title, as well as a set of filters to create a more advanced search.
Once you identify an article you’d like to read, you can select the View Article button on the bottom right corner of the screen.
Docphin will attempt to retrieve the article for you and, if it is paid content and you’re on the UCSF network, the full text should load if the library has a subscription to the journal. If it is paid content and you are off campus, it will pass you to the MyAccess log in screen. Simply log in with your credentials and the full text will load.
You also have the option to save the articles and create a PDF library within Docphin.
If you’re looking for a simple yet robust app to stay on top of medical topics of interest, Docphin is a great one to have on your mobile device. It manages to incorporate both sophisticated browsing and search tools to meet multiple research needs.
Docphin is also available as an iOS app and as a web version.