EPOCRATES: An Athenahealth Company
FATIMA A. TORRADO
Bachelor of Science of Pharmacy
Mariano Marcos State University
Mobile devices ( smartphones, tablet computers) have become ubiquitous and subsequently there has been a growth in mobile applications (apps). Concurrently, mobile devices have been integrated into health care practice due to the availability and quality of medical apps. These mobile medical apps offer increased access to clinical references and point-of-care tools. However, there has been little identification of mobile medical apps suitable for the practice of pharmacy. Pharmacists regularly provide health-related education to patients. The type of education varies from patient to patient and can include information such as drug indication, mechanism of action and purpose of therapy, drug interactions, side effects, proper administration, and disease-specific information. Pharmacists face a number of challenges in providing adequate health-related education to their patients. Information should be tailored to each patient. Topics can be complex and often require continual reinforcement. Appropriate time to devote to health-related education and resources available may be lacking. Despite these challenges, health-related education provided by a pharmacist has been proven to improve health outcomes. Mobile apps may help alleviate some challenges and provide a new method for pharmacists to provide health-related education. There is limited published information evaluating the utilization of mobile apps as educational tools for patients. Furthermore, desirable features and patient needs for health-related education via mobile technology remain largely unknown.
This study aims to study the use of a mobile app for patient education to (1) quantify patient interest, (2) determine desirable features and (3) determine if a relationship exists between patient variables and interest in an a mobile app for patient education. ePocrates is a very popular medical database suite developed for the Palm Pilot and PalmOS-running compatibles. It can be downloaded for free by from the ePocrates website. 1. Overview
The free drug reference is the #1 mobile drug reference for U.S. physicians. With it you can search brand, generic, and OTC medicines. Plus, you can customize your homepage for quick access to the features you use most frequently. Check out the “Extras” tab for even more features, like our App Directory that highlights a variety of specialized healthcare apps available for download.
2. Leadership Team
Epocrates is at the forefront of medical technology and committed to providing high-value point-of-care digital solutions to healthcare professionals. Every day, they are challenging themselves and the industry to improve the speed and accessibility of tools and information physicians need to provide safe and effective patient care. At Epocrates, the success is in the value, quality and reliability of the innovative solutions they provide to their broad physician network as well as our ability to bring together stakeholders across the healthcare continuum. 2.1 Executive Team
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