Information at the fingertips as UptoDate releases smartphone application.
By Alan Sit.
UpToDate®, is a service that helps clinicians provide the best possible care for their patients. The database has over 9,000 peer reviewed topics across 19 different branches of medicine. Whilst it has existed as an online internet site format, the resource has recently been released into the Apple Inc App Store ©.The UpToDate application boasts access to extensive clinical content with your iPhone for the answers you need at the point of care, without leaving your patient’s side.
This application is free on the Apple App Store for all three iDevices. However, accessing information from the free service will be quite slow as it requires online via 3G or Wi-Fi. The UpToDate Complete version will be considerably quicker as access to information is offline and local to the device, however this service will cost a subscriber an additional $49, but it would be well worth it for those requiring immediate access.
In addition to comprehensive presentation of the evidence, each topic offers practical, detailed, and evidence-based recommendations that clinicians can use at the point of care. There is no question that UpToDate offers the most current, authoritative and easily accessible information available on a clinical topic and a must have for all physicians, residents, interns, medical students, nurses, pharmacists, and allied health providers.
Author affiliations: Alan Sit is a current grade 11 student at Melbourne High School, Victoria, Australia, undertaking work experience at the Centre for Eye Research, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne.