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NOV 10/2014

Technology in Healthcare: Mobile Apps

In the first edition of our ‘Technology in Healthcare’ feature we look at a couple of mobile apps that are helping with healthcare professionals’ time management, allowing you to focus more on patient care.

Digitalis

With revalidation now in place for doctors, and set to be piloted for nurses in 2015, the ability to discover and track CPD is becoming increasingly significant.

Digitalis captures all your CPD easily and helps you to discover, revise and share learning. Designed specifically for doctors, medical students, nurses and other health professionals, this mobile app looks to set the standard for logging, sharing and discovering CPD on your mobile.

Digitalisallows you to quickly save every piece of learning and evidence as a note, dictation, picture, or webpage, enabling the tagging of evidence with areas of your curriculum and CPD points, giving access to them anywhere and easily. A useful option the app offers, are reminders for you to revisit learning or add another entry if you are falling behind in your CPD points, keeping an eye on the spread of your learning.

Boasting other features such as access to courses, jobs and more, Digitalis is already working on new features to deliver in 2015. The app is currently available on Apple devicesbut an Android version is being released in the coming weeks.

Nick Harvey, creator of Digitalis, added “We are really excited about Digitalis and the great feedback from our users that the app really does make CPD a breeze. What’s more, we will soon be launching new features that will take the CPD and learning experience to a whole new level. Check out www.digitalistechnology.co.ukor follow us onTwitter @Digitalis_Techfor updates.”

You can view and download the app here - http://digitalistechnology.co.uk/

Induction

Brought to you by the Podmedics Team, Induction is the “the 100% free and crowd sourced app that gives healthcare professionals the information they need to work in any UK hospital.” After reviewing the app we believe it does exactly what it says on the tin.

The app provides over 40,000 telephone numbers – both extensions and bleeps – for hospitals across the UK, which you can dial direct or simply identify who has just paged you. Switching hospitals takes only seconds, so it’s a great tool for junior doctors and staff. Now there’s far less need to find a phone and get through to switchboard. It does work offline and entering new numbers is as simple and quick as dialling them. So no more need for carrying a piece of paper with all these crucial numbers you need, making your life more efficient.

But it’s not just a simple telephone directory. It is also a place to find and add answers to frequently asked questions and keep your access codes safely for your eyes only. Increasingly, trusts are using Induction to distribute their internal guidelines and protocols.

Available for Android and Apple, the app is used by thousands of NHS doctors and other staff every day across the country and we’re told it’s grown rapidly through both word of mouth and recommendations from senior medical education staff.

Adam Scott, Chief Marketing Officer for Podmedics, added: “Our Induction offering just seems to have met a real and widespread need. We’re excited by how much usage there has been and the number of requests for even more functionality we’re getting, including from trusts themselves.”

You can view and download the app here - https://induction-app.com/

Future editions

If you have any new technologies that you would like us to review or feature in our next edition please email them to marketing@medacs.com.

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