Point of care in your pocket

Mobile devices such as smart-phones and tablets are becoming common tools at the point of care for quick reference to clinical guidance. However, it is paramount that the medical information is high quality, relevant, and easy to use, whether accessed from a print resource or on a mobile device or desktop computer. The College of Physicians and Surgeons is now providing all registrants with library privileges access to the Best Practice app from BMJ Press.

The evidence-based content is current and easily navigated using iOS and android devices. The Best Practice app includes over 900 topics on disease management crafted for use at the point of care and, because it is a stand-alone application, wireless connectivity to the In-ternet is not needed for its use. 

To download the app, College registrants may go to the Point of Care link on the library webpage at www.cpsbc.ca/library and open Best Practice. Register for personal access (create a My Best Practice account). Download the free Best Practice app from the App Store or Google Play. The personal access account information will be required to run the app. No institutional number is required. All College registrants are welcome to contact the library for assistance at 604 733-6671, or medlib@cpsbc.ca.
—Karen MacDonell
Director, Library Services


This article is the opinion of the Library of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC and has not been peer reviewed by the BCMJ Editorial Board.

Karen MacDonell, PhD, MLIS. Point of care in your pocket. BCMJ, Vol. 56, No. 1, January, February, 2014, Page(s) 45 - College Library.

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