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Accessing Knowledge from the Bedside: Introducing the Tablet Computer to Clinical Teaching

Accessing Knowledge from the Bedside: Introducing the Tablet Computer to Clinical Teaching
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Author(s): Douglas Archibald (University of Ottawa, Canada), Colla J. MacDonald (University of Ottawa, Canada), Rebecca Hogue (University of Ottawa, Canada) and Jay Mercer (University of Ottawa, Canada)
Copyright: 2013
Pages: 14
Source title: Integrated Information and Computing Systems for Natural, Spatial, and Social Sciences
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Claus-Peter Rückemann (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität (WWU), Germany)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2190-9.ch005

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Abstract

Tablet computers are very powerful devices that have numerous potential uses in the medical field. Already, the development community has created a wide range of applications that can be used for everything from the most basic level of medical undergraduate education to specialist care delivery. The challenge with tablet computers as a new technology is to find where they fit most effectively into healthcare. In this chapter, the authors focus on how tablets might find a role in the area of care delivery in the educational setting. Included is a discussion on the tablet computer’s place on the eLearning / mLearning spectrum, an annotated list of recommended medical applications, a description of challenges and issues when deploying the tablet computers to clinical settings, and finally a proposed pilot study that will explore the effectiveness of using a tablet computer in a clinical teaching setting. The content of this chapter can be applied to many workplace and learning settings that may find tablet computers beneficial such as businesses that require mobile communications, K-12 schools, and higher learning institutions.

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