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adapting to new technologies pda and wireless

Adapting to new technologies -PDA and wireless

Mary Peterson

RAH/IMVS Library

mary.peterson@imvs.sa.gov.au

outline
Outline
  • Background - setting the scene
  • New technologies
  • Implications for libraries
background
Background
  • Institute of Medical & Veterinary Science
    • Pathology laboratory & research institute
    • http://www.imvs.sa.gov.au
  • Royal Adelaide Hospital
    • Teaching hospital affiliated with University of Adelaide
    • http://www.rah.sa.gov.au/homepage.htm
our users
Our users:
  • Clinicians (doctors, nurses, allied health)
  • Researchers (academics, laboratory scientists)
  • Students on clinical placement
  • Diagnostic laboratory staff statewide
types of question
Types of question
  • Clinical - urgent / immediate
  • Research
  • Management/ financial/ business
  • Political
types of information
Types of information
  • Quick look-up
    • point of care
    • ward / office
    • library
  • Literature search
    • office
    • library
    • from home
  • Journal article
  • Book
evidence based practice
Evidence-based practice
  • Cochrane Collaboration
    • www.cochrane.org/
  • Netting the Evidence
    • http://www.shef.ac.uk/~scharr/ir/netting/
  • www.imvs.sa.gov.au/library/EBM.html
  • May become mandatory in Australia
new technologies
New technologies:
  • Laptops
  • Tablets
  • Hand-held devices (PDAs)
  • Wireless
tablet photo
Tablet photo

Tablet used in wireless trial

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iPAQ

(Compaq / HP)

why pdas
Why PDAs?
  • Easy to use
  • Small and portable
  • Wireless network connection possible
  • Downloads possible
what are they used for
What are they used for?
  • Diary
  • Address book
  • Email (live or synchronised)
  • e-book reader
  • Multi-media
  • Wireless connections
  • Phone
where can they be used
Where can they be used?
  • Library
  • Ward office / nurses’ station
  • Patient’s bedside
  • Operating theatres (?)
  • Workshops
  • Engineering plants
  • Stores
disadvantages of pdas
Disadvantages of PDAs:
  • Mulitple operating systems (Palm / PC)
  • Devices easy to steal
  • Culture change requires re-training
  • Resistance to change
  • Cost of implementation (BYO)
  • Slow connect times for wireless (56Kb/sec)
  • Security problems for data
implications for libraries
Implications for libraries:
  • Where does the library fit in?
  • Which products suitable for use with PDAs?
  • Does this mean extra work?
    • (Sorry - yes!)
our products
Our products:
  • Drug databases ***
  • Prescribing aids ***
  • Dictionaries ***
  • Textbooks **
  • Databases (Cochrane, Medline)*
  • Full-text linked to above
  • Individual journal subscription
wireless or download
Wireless or download?
  • Textbooks (depends on size)
  • Drug databases – currency
  • Location
  • Suitable format / screen display for chosen device
what s been happening
What’s been happening:
  • Care Connect & OACIS - Sth Aust government hospitals
  • 4 years’ worth of records
  • 2 million patients
  • Mobile Medic – wireless iPaqs with internet
    • Pilot in 4 renal units
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Recharging /

re-imaging

results so far
Results so far:
  • Clinicians want
    • Speed
    • Flexibility
  • Favorite products:
    • Quick look-up tools
    • Journal of Family Practice 2001 Nov; 50(11): 960-5
role of the library
Role of the library:
  • Advice on content (collection development)
    • beware of free stuff from the internet!
  • Website – small-screen version
  • Training
  • Support information e.g. webpage on PDAs
    • http://www.imvs.sa.gov.au/library/pdainfo.html
    • http://educ.ahsl.arizona.edu/pda/index.htm
    • www.library.ualberta.ca/subject/pdas
  • User group
what to do next
What to do next?
  • Prepare for wireless!
    • Optimise websites (graphics)
    • Links point to PDA URL
  • Become familiar with the devices
  • Become familiar with how they’re used
  • Be prepared to buy your own
our conclusions
Our conclusions:
  • Palm or Windows?
    • Both - maybe even more
  • Wireless vs. download:
    • Place for both - (Depends on setting)
  • Don’t panic!
    • They’re just another way of delivering information
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Adapting to new technologies -PDA and wireless

Mary Peterson

RAH/IMVS Library

mary.peterson@imvs.sa.gov.au