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To keep you updated on the go, we highlight a free medical app each month!

Librarian reviewers from Saskatchewan Health Authority and Alberta Health Services consider the audience and purpose of the apps, as well as highlighting additional features:

  • In the ‘Evidence’ section, we assess how easily the 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 is embedded in the review.

Note: Reviewers are not healthcare professionals and don't appraise the quality of any recommendations within the app. Reviews are not meant as endorsements.

iCCS - Canadian Cardiovascular Society

iCCS - Canadian Cardiovascular Society


Caroline Monnin (Saskatchewan Health Authority) & Rachel Zhao (Alberta Health Services)

Version reviewed
Version 1.2.3

Device & OS used

Samsung Tablet E ; Android 9

Date of review

October 16 & 23, 2018


Image Source: iCCS, Apple App Store. ​Retrieved on October 31, 2018 from​

App developer

Company Name:
Canadian Cardiovascular Society.



Dr. Chi-Ming Chow

Edward Brawer




iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Requires iOS 8.0 or later.  

Android 4.1 and up. 

Last updated (as per App Store Listing): July 14, 2018.

Last updated (as per Google Play listing): October 10, 2018

Country of origin



14.4 MB for iOS; 4.0 MB for Android

Specialties/ Disciplines


Physicians and allied health professionals who provide cardiovascular care



From About Guidelines page:

From Guidelines and Position Statements Library page:


Stated purpose

iCCS is a platform to deliver the top CCS Guidelines in one single app.

The following guidelines are included:
• CCS Antiplatelet Guidelines
• CCS Atrial Fibrillation
• CCS Drive+Fly
• CCS Heart Failure
• CCS Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy
• CCS Lipid Guidelines

iCCS contains guideline summaries, introductory videos, clinical calculators, useful drug tables, clinical trial summaries, and a comprehensive library of guidelines and pocket guides.


Info can be found in App Store or Google Play


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


The information on the editorial committee and evidence grading system is not available in the app, but on the CCS website. Entries are clearly dated both in the app and on the CCS website.

Part 2: Source and authorship information for 3 entries

There are seven guideline topics in the app. Each guideline topic contains all or some of these sections: Summary, Calculators, Drugs, Trials, Library and Videos.

The Library section links to the full guidelines, guideline slide decks, focused updates, etc. All of the documents in the Library section reside on Google Docs. The source and authorship information is included in the full guidelines. There is no source or authorship information in other sections. Hence a low score for Part 2.

Organization of information

Clear organizational scheme. Entries are arranged by topics. Each topic contains sub categories which include some or all of these sections: Summary, Calculators, Drugs, Trials, Library and Videos.


Navigation was not difficult, but annoying.  Having to keep going back and forth was not ideal.




Internet connection required for use: Yes (Except the Library and Videos sections, all the other sections do not request Internet access after initial download and updates. The Library section links to documents on Google Docs.)

Text search field: Yes

Browsable content: No

Advertisements: No

Pop-up advertisements: No

In-app purchases: No

Calculators are included in all but one topic.

Videos from 2010 and 2012 guidelines

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