Consumer Health Libraries Gone Mobile

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Consumer Health Libraries

Gone Mobile

Presented by

Ronald MacPherson, BA, MLIS
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UHN

Presenter


Ronald MacPherson, BA, MLIS


Electronic Services Librarian
University Health Network
Library & Information Services



In this Presentation:


Overview of mobile technology


Prescribing apps


Keeping up with apps


Criteria for selecting apps


Selected apps


Questions / Comments

Mobile Technologies

in Healthcare


Mobile tech. increasingly popular in
Healthcare








Fox, S., & Duggan, M. (2012). Mobile Health 2012. Retrieved from
http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2012/Mobile
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Health.aspx

What is a mobile device?


a portable computing device


can include: a touch screen, keyboard,
phone, etc.


Smart phones and tablet computers


Uses wireless or cellular network to
transmit data

Different types


Android Phones, Android Tablets (i.e.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2)


iPhone, iPod touch,
iPad


Blackberry, Playbook tablet


Windows Phone, Windows Tablets


Palm


PocketPC

App:


short for Application


computer program you download to your
device


device specific (iPhone app will not work
on an Android, etc.)


Some content is available offline

Difference between App and Mobile
Site?

Mobile Site:


website that has been optimized to look
best on a mobile device


Ex. formatted for a smaller screen, less images, less content,
load faster


Not device specific (doesn’t matter which
device you use to look at a mobile site)


Requires internet connection

Difference between App and Mobile
Site?

Difference between App and
Mobile Site?

Responsive Web Design (RWD):


A website that has been designed to adjust its
display based on:


size screen


platform


orientation (landscape or portrait)


Not device specific


Built on a fluid grid of JavaScript & CSS


Requires an Internet connection


Marcotte, E. (2010). Responsive Web Design.
A List Apart: For People Who
Make Websites,

306. Retrieved from
http://alistapart.com/article/responsive
-
web
-
design



Types of Apps


Web App


A type of mobile site


Native App


Built using native programming language


Hybrid App


A cross between web app & native app


Schnell, E. (2012). The Mobile Medical Library


Is There an App for That?.
Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries, 9(2),

147
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154.

Prescribing Apps


FDA / UK Department of Health


Happtique

mRx


appsRX

& JMIR


Husain,I
. (2012, February 22).
Dept

of Health to start encouraging physicians to
prescribe health apps: Good or bad idea?. Retrieved from
http://www.imedicalapps.com/2012/02/department
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health
-
physicians
-
prescribe
-
apps/

Brustein
, J. (2012, August 20). Coming Next: Using an App as Prescribed.
New
York Times,

B1.

Keeping up with Apps


Over 40,000 health and medical apps


New apps released everyday


iMedicalApps

(
http://www.imedicalapps.com/
)



-

for app reviews


Happtique

(
http://www.happtique.com/
)



App Stores


Top App Lists


Popularity (Ratings, Downloads, User Reviews)


“Users Also Liked...”


Approval by regulators (ex. FDA)


Credibility


App Reviews


iMedicalApps, media reviews, etc.


Library Pathfinders / Subject Guides


Selecting Apps

Selecting Apps


Professional Literature


Reviews of Apps / Clinical Studies


Try Out Some Apps


Practical? User Friendly? Accurate?


Scope of information


Currency


Content


Design


Criteria

Content


Credibility


Linkage to other web resources


Reputable company


Currency


Differences explained


Criteria


Technical Review


Compatibility


Connectivity


Security


Criteria


Other Miscellaneous Criteria


Cost


Conforms to laws


Copyright statement

Diabetes GPS

by Canadian Diabetes
Association


Nutrition information


Search or A
-
Z
list


Daily Carb Tracker


Glycemic index ratings by food
groups


Grocery lists


create your list, linked
to the recipes


Healthy recipes


multicultural
recipes (very short list)


30 Days

by Heart & Stroke
Foundation


customized risk profile


long
-
term impact of daily lifestyle
choices


guides to break bad habits to reduce
the risk of heart attack and stroke in
30 days or less.


Breath2Relax

by
U.S. Department of
Defence


A stress management tool


breathing exercises for relaxation


mood stabilization



anger control


anxiety management


reference guide on the effects of
stress on the body


instructions for dealing with stress


HIV/AIDS Glossary

by the Department of Health
and Human Services



explains the disease terms in simple
language



more than 850 terms


In English & Spanish

UMSkin Check

by University of Michigan
Health System


for patients at
-
risk for skin cancer


Moles self
-
exam


Reminders to monitor skin changes


Instructions on taking pictures and
storing them in the App


Bring to the doctor appt.

Relax Melodies

SLEEP AID WITH 46 SOUNDS



Music


Natural sounds


White noise

Questions / Comments

Contacts


Questions?


Comments?


Contact:


Ronald MacPherson



Library and Information Services


University Health Network


200 Elizabeth Street, EN1
-
418, Toronto, ON M5G 2C4


Phone: 416
-
340
-
4800 x4279


E
-
mail:
Ronald.MacPherson@uhn.ca