Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Future of Textbooks is in Our Hands (and on our phones!)

With all the rapid changes happening in medicine, information in textbooks is often out of date even before the book gets printed. Research studies, which share new information, are changing what we know about medical practice constantly. With the success of the studies completed at MedStar and around the world, staying on top of all the information available to doctors and nurses could be a full-time job. If only there was a textbook that was current on the new trends?

Well, to keep you up to date in your medical knowledge, MedStar Health has bought a system-wide license for UpToDate, the first online textbook that is updated every three months with the newest information for clinicians. UpToDate is an evidence-based, physician-authored clinical decision support resource that now all MedStar clinicians can access from any internet browser or mobile device.

One great feature is the “What’s New” section that breaks down updates for each specialty, so our clinicians aren’t spending as much time looking for new information; it’s right at their fingertips!

To help showcase the new service, MedStar Academic Affairs will coordinate registration events with entity libraries; however you can register today by completing the following instructions:
  1. Go to www.uptodate.com from any MedStar computer, via the MedStar Network (not the Guest Network).
  2. Click “Register” in the top-right corner and sign-up as a new user.
  3. Once you’ve signed up from a VPN-verified server, you may download the UpToDate mobile app for your iOS, Android or Windows 8 device, and access the service from your home or office computer. 
You can find more information about the service on the MedStar Academic Affairs website.

Disclosure -  I am an author for several chapters in UptoDate and have been since the electronic textbook was created about 15 years ago.

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