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Introduction

See also Google Android for physicians | iPad | iPhone5 for physicians | Medical sites for mobiles | Mobile computing | Wireless

The flow of medical information has accelerated exponentially due to the web, 'push' technologies like Facebook and Twitter and mobile communication devices such as Apple's iPhone and iPad 2 (McGowan, 2010; Ganshorn, 2009). What I have proposed at the UBC Biomedical Branch Library is a learning space in the area where our duplicate print journals are currently residing. The Social Technologies & Mobile Learning Area would be an interactive learning lab for wireless mobile exploration. The area will provide a space for medical students, residents and faculty to share knowledge, build teamwork and collaboration skills while examining new interactive media. The area will be a space for telemedicine applications, new media and gaming in health through tools such as Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox 360 or Sony PlayStation 3. A cursory look at the medical literature suggests a direct correlation between learning, cognition and medical skills development as a result of gaming technologies (Badureen, 2010; Eley, 2010; Hill, 2009; Kasraee, 2009).

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Recent conference continuing education

  • mobile devices are ubiquitous and information services are moving from desktop to pocket
  • do you provide services to your users using handheld, smart devices?
  • course provides basics of planning and implementing mobile library and information services in health sciences setting
  • provides overview of current mobile technology, pros and cons of mobile-optimized websites, mobile apps; tools for building and testing mobile-optimized websites, practical lessons learned and health information resources available for mobile platforms

Recent conference research

  • Steacie Science and Engineering Library's experience lending consumer electronics such as digital camera, digital voice record, Sony eReader, and iPod Touch
  • items for students and faculty to borrow with intent that users have specific uses in mind
  • for study or classroom use; opportunity to try new technologies that they would not get a chance to try
  • Angela outlined policy issues/technological issues around lending electronics for individual users and how they were addressed
  • the Health Sciences Library (HSL), Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) licenses resources including mobile subscription options
  • staff tracked number of licenses and type of devices used by staff, physicians, students, interns and residents
  • data collected to inform future collection development, library training and technology skills needed by library staff to support clientele
  • Objective: To evaluate the user-perceived benefits of having iPads available for check-out in an academic medical sciences library.
  • Methods: Two iPads were purchased and loaded with a diverse selection of academic and leisure-oriented applications. Input was solicited from library users at two locations: in the lobby of either the library or a building where nursing students and second-year medical students attended class. Patrons were asked if they would like to experiment with an iPad and complete a print survey regarding its anticipated usefulness in an academic setting. The five survey questions were designed to capture the general patron profile, the preferred length of iPad check-out, how the iPad would be used and in association with which applications, and any additional comments that were volunteered. These data were then entered into SurveyMonkey by the librarians.
  • Results: There were 100 total respondents. A great majority of the feedback was from students in the medical, nursing, and veterinary programs. The preferred iPad usage time span was split evenly between 4 hours and 2 weeks. The highest suggested uses of iPads included doing educational or research activities, searching the Internet, and reading e-books. When asked for specific types of resources users would utilize, e-books and health or medical apps were listed most frequently.
  • Conclusions: Patrons were interested in using iPads to assist them in an academic medical setting. There are many health- and medicine-related resources and applications available for iPads. Academic medical libraries can provide access to new applications and resources to support education and research by circulating iPads. As demand for mobile access and tools continues to increase, our research indicates that this offers an opportunity for an easily implemented, yet high-impact, library service.
  • Objective: The purpose of this study is to improve the quality of medical education and clinical care by harnessing technologies to facilitate information gathering and clinical decision making. The project will use the iPad as a tool for improving resident, medical student, and attending physician education by facilitating easier access to clinical tools, patient care data, and patient education information.
  • Methods: The study involves four teams from the department of medicine at an academic medical center including attending physicians, residents, interns, and medical students. The teams will be randomized into two arms: the iPad arm and the control arm. The control arm will receive training on educational resources that are accessible on computers. Teams in the iPad arm will receive an iPad to use for eight weeks, the same training as the control arm, and training on iPad operations. All teams will be asked to complete weekly surveys on their use of educational resources or the iPad, depending on which arm they are in, as well as a final survey addressing the outcomes of interest: the ease of use and accessibility of the iPad or educational resources, and perceived improvements in individual learning, team learning, work flow, and patient care.
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  • creates model of community-based training by instilling ethic of service for docs that sees community as a valuable teaching resource
  • older adults with health notebooks to organize personal health information and to manage their medical conditions; evaluate quality consumer health sources using MedlinePlus
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