Product Guide


Johns Hopkins Point of Care Information Technology Center (POC-IT) delivers trusted information at the point-of-care and develops evidence-based ABX, Diabetes, and HIV clinical decision support guides.

Johns Hopkins ABX Guide

The Johns Hopkins ABX Guide delivers up-to-date, authoritative information on infectious diseases, drugs, and pathogens written by the experts at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (memory required: 5MB).

Johns Hopkins Diabetes Guide

The Johns Hopkins Diabetes Guide delivers up-to-date information on the management and complications of diabetes to mobile devices and the web (memory required: 2MB).

Johns Hopkins HIV Guide

The Johns Hopkins HIV Guide is a comprehensive resource for the latest information about the diagnosis, management, and medications surrounding HIV
(memory required: 2MB).

System Requirements


The amount of memory space needed depends on which content you choose. See each content source for required amount of memory.

Johns Hopkins is available for: Android and iOS (iPhone, iPod, iPod touch, iPad). The Unbound platform also offers features such as:

  • Landscape mode support
  • Memory card support (where applicable)
  • Navigation and interface customized for your device
  • FREE automatic updates delivered to your device

On the Web

Content Navigation

From your homepage, you can quickly utilize different sections of Johns Hopkins:

  • Perform a keyword search using the Search textbox
  • Browse the available content resources, including RSS Feeds and select MEDLINE Journals
  • Keep track of your recently viewed items
  • Stay up-to-date with news and announcements
  • Learn more about and/or purchase individual POC-IT guides

Additionally, you may use the links in the top navigation banner to move between the main application modules: Home, Favorites, Mobile, Browse

Content View & Navigation

The content resources available are listed in the Browse section of your homepage. To access the content view, locate the desired resource and click its title to open it.

Once you’ve selected a particular resource, use the side navigation bars to browse, view available indexes (or chapters, etc) and access additional information. More specifically:

In the left navigation bar, you will find the indexes by which your particular resource is organized (for example, alphabetical, tables of content, etc). Click an index name (for example: Topics, Specialties) to display its subsections in the main viewing area. From here you can conveniently browse each index and decide which is of most interest. Use this navigation to browse your chosen content.

The right navigation bar will appear when you access an entry’s definition view. The tools available include:¶

  • Search Unbound MEDLINE
  • CrossLinks - These are pre-run searches that automatically determine if records from two content sources are related. Links are bidirectional, meaning if they’re available from Point A to Point B, they will also be available from Point B to Point A. Not all content sources contain cross links(Taber’s does not, for example), and some resources may be linked to one resource but not to another. The CrossLinks feature is available for both mobile and web.
  • Related Topics - When viewing a record on the web, a search of that record title is performed and the results are automatically displayed in this section.
  • Earn CME (This option will appear when applicable)

To return to the home page, click the Home link in the main toolbar.

Index View & Navigation

While viewing a specific resource, you will find the available indexes displayed along the left side of the screen. Click an index name (for example: Topics, Specialties) to display its subsections in the main viewing area. From here you can conveniently browse each index and decide which is of most interest.

Each of your Johns Hopkins content resources is organized by multiple indexes. Follow the navigation to move through each section.


Search Content

You can search Johns Hopkins from any screen within the application. Enter your desired search term in the text box and click the Search button.

Advanced Search

The search mechanism supports searching techniques which involve changing query terms to provide a wider range of searching options. For example, you can perform:

Wildcard Searches: Single and Multiple Character

To perform a single character wildcard search, use the "?" symbol in place of a single character. The search then looks for all terms that match the word with the single character replaced. For example, to search for long and lung, use: l?ng.

Multiple character wildcard searches look for results which include your search term, plus 0 or more characters. Place an asterisk after your query term to perform this type of search. For example, to search for long, longer or longest, you would use: long*

Wildcard searches can also be placed in the middle of a term. For instance: l*ng.

Boolean Searches

A Boolean Search combines search terms through the use of specific connecting words called operators. This application supports: "AND", "+", OR, NOT and "-" as Boolean operators. Boolean search operators must be in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS.

The most frequently used Boolean operators are “AND” and “OR”.

Example 1: The default operator is "OR". If you do not enter any operator between search terms, "OR" is used. For example, entering "heart lungs" will search for single documents where either the term "heart" or "lung" appears.

Example 2: The AND operator will find documents where both search terms exist in a single document. For example, entering "heart AND lungs" will find results containing only BOTH "heart" and "lungs" in a single document.

Search Results

A search performed from anywhere within the application brings you to the search results screen.

Your results may originate from any of the content sources within the application. To the left of each entry you will find an icon indicating the resource in which the result was located.


On Your Mobile

The resources that currently reside on your device are listed in the Mobile section of your homepage.

To manage your subscriptions, click the Mobile link in the main navigation banner.

Next, click the Add More button in the top right corner in order to add/remove mobile content. The resources currently on your device are displayed with a checked box before their title.

Add/Remove from Mobile device

If you wish to change what is on your mobile device, first locate the desired resource in the Mobile Resources section.

To add content, simply check the box next to the appropriate title(s).

To remove content, uncheck the box next to the title of the appropriate resource(s).

Any modifications to your content will be reflected on your mobile after your next synchronize.

CME Credits

CME: Continuing Medical Education

Johns Hopkins offers the opportunity to obtain continuing medical education (CME) credits. To take advantage of this resource, you must answer a few questions relevant to selected topics found within the Johns Hopkins resources. If a topic or record is linked to the CME option, you will find a link in the right hand navigation section (as shown below).

Please keep in mind, however, that this link will only appear when CME credits are available.

To access the CME option:

  1. Perform a search within Johns Hopkins.
  2. From the topic level view of any record, click the Earn CME link located in the right-hand navigation section.
  3. The link opens in a new window, follow the on-screen instructions.

Mobile Web

Unbound Medicine offers customized views of the Johns Hopkins web application for smartphone and mobile web browsers. The mobile web version offers access to the complete resource. When you visit the website from a mobile web browser, you will see a site customized for viewing on your particular device.

User Guides

For more detailed information relevant to the type of device you use, click the appropriate link:



Who should I contact with questions about the application?

If you need any help with this application, please be sure to visit our support website at:

Here you can request your serial number, download install files, read FAQ’s or submit a support request.