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Telemedicine and e-Health
With the growth of mobile health in recent years, learning through the use of mobile devices (mobile learning [mLearning]) has gained recognition as a potential method for increasing healthcare providers' access to medical information and resources in resource-limited settings. In partnership with the University of Botswana School of Medicine (SOM), we have been exploring the role of smartphone-based mLearning with resident (physicians in specialty training) education. The SOM, which admitted its first class of medical students and residents in 2009, is committed to providing high-level on-site educational resources for resident physicians, even when practicing in remote locations. Seven residents were trained to use an Android-based myTouch 3G smartphone equipped with data-enabled subscriber identity module (SIM) cards and built-in camera. Phones contained locally loaded point-of-care and drug information applications, a telemedicine application that allows for the submission of cases to local mentors, and e-mail/Web access. Surveys were administered at 4 weeks and 8 weeks following distribution of phones. We found that smartphones loaded with point-of-care tools are effectively utilized by resident physicians in resource-limited settings, both for accessing point-of-care medical information at the bedside and engaging in self-directed learning at home.
This is a copy of an article published in the Telemed J E Health © 2012 copyright Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.;Telemed J E Health is available online at: http://online.liebertpub.com.
mobile devices, educational resources, smartphones, Botswana, Africa, healthcare
Chang, Aileen Y.; Ghosh, Sankalpo; Littman-Quinn, Ryan; Anolik, Rachel B.; Kyer, Andrea; Mazhani, Loeto; Seymour, Anne K.; and Kovarik, Carrie L., "Use of Mobile Learning by Resident Physicians in Botswana" (2012). Botswana-UPenn Scholarly Publications. 32.
Date Posted: 18 November 2014
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