Medical Libraries Use uCentral on iPhone to Deliver Mobile Information to Students and Clinicians

Unbound Medicine : Press Release:

Today, Unbound Medicine, a leader in knowledge management solutions for healthcare, announced an application for iPhone™ and iPod® touch devices in institutions that subscribe to uCentral™. uCentral, a custom point-of-need solution for institutions, delivers trusted medical information where and when it is needed. Among the references now available for iPhone within the uCentral application are 5-Minute Clinical Consult, Harrison’s Manual of Medicine, The Merck Manual, Davis’s Drug Guide, and Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary.

The rapid adoption of iPhone technology by members of the health care community has significantly increased demand at medical libraries for mobile content. Medical Students and physicians at Yale University School of Medicine and the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University have just completed a beta test of uCentral. When surveyed, all participants reported that the uCentral application was simple to download and use. Eighty-one percent stated that they referred to uCentral while with a patient, whether at the bedside or in the clinic.

“I was excited to learn that our library could provide me with a free download of my favorite medical references for my iPhone,” said medical student Heather Abbott. “Within uCentral all of my references are cross-linked for quick navigation to related information. The full-color images and pronunciations are ideally suited to the device’s format.”

“With the escalating popularity of iPhone use in the clinical setting, the need to provide reliable mobile content has never been greater,” said Bill Detmer, president of Unbound Medicine. “By partnering with libraries we can support widespread delivery of up-to-date information wherever it is needed, thereby improving patient care.”