Smartphones such as the iphone, blackberry, android etc. allow the user to not only access the internet but increasingly to install and run special applications that help them to find and access information wherever and whenever they need to.
Finding and accessing information on the go is not a new concept to many healthcare professionals who require uptodate, evidence based resources at the point of care. Having access to such resources via a mobile device could potentially allow practitioners to make quicker decisions regarding patient care than ever before.
Having access to websites, journal articles, evidence based tools and others resources via a device in your pocket is a potential time saver for practioners and students alike enabling them to search, access and read valuable information on the go.
This guide aims to give students and practitioners a brief introduction to some of the resources available via their own smart phone.
Accessing the internet…
Smartphones enable you to access the internet wherever you are. Contracted terms and condition from your provider will apply.
Many sites provide a mobile friendly version of their webpages to make them easier to view and to use via your phone.
Below are a list of just some useful mobile webpages:
Provides a mobile friendly search page go to www.google.co.uk on your mobile’s browser and select the “mobile” option. Or go to www.google.co.uk/mobile to learn what other apps this search engine can provide for you.
National Library of Medicine/PubMed for Handhelds
This link provides a simplified search screen to allow you to search Pubmed easily on your phone.
This page allows you to carry out a simple search of Medline via your mobile. It also allows you to view the contents of the latest edition of a small selection of journals.
If the full text version of an article is available it will display a PDF link. Clicking on this link should allow you to view the full article where available.
Simple search interface to allow you ro search NHS evidence from an internet enabled phone.
Clinial Knowledge Summaries (CKS)
CKS can be accessed by web-enabled hand-held devices such as PDAs and SmartPhones. Visit the CKS mobile site to start searching.
The Student BMJ app from the BMJ Group enables you to read the latest medical news, digest research on the move or check out medical events relevant to you. You can also listen to the latest podcasts, read blogs by medical students and leading medical figures, and take advantage of invaluable careers advice.
The app is free of charge and updated regularly. Download the Student BMJ app now from itunes App Store.
The BMJ Careers app is the ideal job search tool for doctors seeking their next medical role. BMJ Careers from BMJ Group enables you to find your next job quickly and easily when you’re on the go.
The app is free of charge and updated regularly. Download the Student BMJ app now from the App Store.
Differential Diagnosis from the BMJ Group provides healthcare professionals with essential mobile decision support information from web tools Best Practice and Clinical Evidence.
Healthcare practitioners and students can use the Differential Diagnosis app to check evaluation and diagnosis decisions, and ensure that the appropriate tests are ordered.
Please note this App costs £4.99 to download from the App Store
PubMed on Tap/ Pubmed on Tap lite
Lets you search PubMed while on the go. Full version can be downloaded for £1.79 from the App Store.
“Lite” version is free, but this version only lets you view 10 abstracts.
Allows Android users to search pubmed from their phone.
SGUL Library Catalogue via your smart phone.
View your record, renew your loans via a handy app installed on your phone. Please keep reading our blog/facebook pages for further information.