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Apps and Their Applications: Novel Uses of Technology in the Clinical Setting

Apps and Their Applications: Novel Uses of Technology in the Clinical Setting
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Author(s): Imran Nizamuddin (University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine, USA), Raveena Basra (University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine, USA), Sai Vanam (University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine, USA) and Nurbanu Pirani (University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine, USA)
Copyright: 2019
Pages: 21
Source title: Optimizing Medical Education With Instructional Technology
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Erdem Demiroz (Trakya University, Turkey) and Steven D. Waldman (University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-6289-4.ch009

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Abstract

In a society dominated by the use of technology as a primary method of communication and education, it should come as no surprise that medical professionals rely heavily on its use as well. The new dominance of smartphones over cell phones and pagers in medicine is largely influenced by convenience and efficiency, and over 70% of healthcare professionals have reported using a mobile device in their workplaces. This chapter aims to highlight the transition to mobile devices in the medical realm and the benefits for both clinicians and patients. For clinicians, mobile devices and apps may serve as diagnostic aids, med calculators, and clinical references. They can also be used for medical education purposes and access of electronic medical records. For patients, mobile devices and apps are often utilized to find resources and information about diseases, to help with disease management, and to promote lifestyle modification and fitness. Nevertheless, despite the numerous benefits of mobile devices in practice, potential risks and drawbacks must also be considered.

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