Read by QxMD 12+

Personalized Medical Journal


    • 4.8 • 5.8K Ratings
    • Free



'Read by QxMD' provides a single place to keep up with new medical & scientific research, read outstanding topic reviews and search PubMed.

This iPhone & iPad app provides a simple interface that drives discovery and seamless access to the medical literature by reformatting it into a personalized digital journal.

Praise for Read:

5 stars: "Stellar. The future of medical literature review... This could be the best application to stay up-to-date in medicine since, well, UpToDate." - User Review

4¾ stars: "The Flipboard for medical journals has arrived" and among "...the most innovative medical apps"

On Apple's 'What's Hot' list in >60 countries, as well as Medical Essentials & Apps for Healthcare Professionals. Featured in Apple iBook: "iOS in Healthcare: Revolutionizing Healthcare Productivity"


- Get full text PDFs with one tap

- Keep up with the latest new research that will impact your practice

- Browse through 1000s of outstanding topic reviews

- Search millions of articles from PubMed and our database of outstanding topic reviews

- Read your favorite journals or browse article collections.

- Access full text through your university/institutional subscription or via open access publishers

- Share articles with colleagues over email, Twitter and Facebook

- Organize and review your personal collection of articles

Why did we build 'Read by QxMD'?

Health care professionals need to stay up to date on the latest medical research and topic reviews to provide optimal care. Unfortunately, the process of content discovery is broken with research artificially compartmentalized by publishers and hidden behind countless institutional pay walls.

At QxMD, we believe that knowledge translation– the process by which new knowledge is incorporated into clinical practice – is an important and unsolved challenge for our health care system. We hope that ‘Read by QxMD’ will be a part of the solution.

Seamless 1-tap access available at thousands of institutions.

From MEDLINE®/PubMed®, a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
Title and MeSH Headings from MEDLINE®/PubMed®, a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Founded by medical professionals, QxMD is dedicated to creating high quality point-of-care tools for practicing health care professionals.

What’s New

Version 9.0

Welcome to Read by QxMD 9.0! Our latest update brings a fresh new look to our tab layout, making it easier than ever to access all your followed lists in one place. We've also added instructional overlays to guide new users through the app and revamped the onboarding process to ask for your institution. Plus, iOS users will appreciate the minor updates we've made to the PN request screen. Download Read by QxMD 9.0 now to enhance your reading experience!

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
5.8K Ratings

5.8K Ratings


Continues to be the best

I’ve used Read for about 5 or 6 years and continue to be impressed. Once linked with library holdings there is no easier way to get and organize scientific literature in full text pdf form. On top of everything it’s still free. The only thing missing is a polished non-mobile platform (ie for my laptop). It’s there but there is definitely a stylistic and functional gap btw that and the iOS version. Still 5 star and highly recommended.

Source: CT Anesthesiology Fellow at large academic institution/hospital setting.

HappyGrdStudent ,

Happy with this app, slight tweak suggestions

I use this app all the time if I need to find an abstract or article; it’s a lot easier than pulling up Pubmed on my phone or iPad. The only area for improvement I can see is support of Dark Mode, both for the app overall and for the screen that comes up when you save a PDF.

Also for the last couple of weeks I’ve noticed that my badge count stays at 1 even if I’ve looked over all of the ‘new’ abstracts in my feed and subscriptions.

Ranemann ,

Great app

Great app! Great support for the higher resolution XS and pro devices. We did notice an recurring issue with newer arcticles, likely those published ahead of print. The issue results in a PDF of an unrelated article in a different language being downloaded. This does not correct a month later if it already downloaded the incorrect article. We love the app. Can you fix this bug though?

Developer Response ,

Glad you love Read - we hope you’ve noticed full support for iPhone X and iPad high resolution.

We've just released an update (Version 7.3.2), which should resolve the issue with the incorrect article downloading.

Please keep in mind that if you are trying to access an article that you have previously downloaded with the incorrect PDF, you will see the same random article.
To fix this, please go to Settings --> App Settings --> Manually Delete PDFs --> Delete the PDFs that you would like to try to access again.

The QxMD team

App Privacy

The developer, WebMD, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Used to Track You

The following data may be used to track you across apps and websites owned by other companies:

  • Contact Info
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Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Contact Info
  • User Content
  • Search History
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data

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The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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