Your patients are not just living longer – they’re living longer with chronic conditions. To make the best of it, they need to be empowered to look after themselves. It just so happens we have an app for that.

Practical Apps is dedicated to giving patients the tools they need to look after their health in collaboration with you, their primary care provider. On your behalf, here we take a critical look at mobile health apps to figure out which can actually help patients and which are just digital snake oil.

Practical Apps

Your one-stop resource for trusted clinical app reviews

Why Practical Apps?


Dr. Ed Brown, CEO of the Ontario Telemedicine Network,
on apps, chronic disease and primary care.

The Practical Apps Process


How we choose and review mobile health apps
for common primary health care topics.

Latest Review

Dr. Payal Agarwal

Dr. Stephen Pomedli
Toronto, Ontario

Breast cancer represents up to 25% of new cancers in Canadian women and is the second most common cause of cancer-related mortality. The umbrella term “breast cancer” includes a group of conditions with a number of distinct tumour types, genetic markers, and cancer stages. Treatments and approaches can vary widely based on patient preference, local reimbursement models, evolving protocols, and awareness and availability of palliative care services. This heterogeneity makes creating an overarching “breast cancer app” quite a challenge. Nonetheless, apps in this genre have the potential to 1) offer education, from prevention and screening, through to diagnosis, treatment, symptom management and follow-up, 2) help track the patient’s illness journey, and 3) provide important social support.


Practical Apps is a collaboration between the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) and the Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Primary Care (WIHV).

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