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A new secure smartphone app may replace the iconic doctor pager

A smart-phone app that lets physicians message each other securely has been developed at Western University. Dr. Brian Rotenberg, associate professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Western’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry is one of the driving forces behind PageMe.

Rotenberg joined forces with partners, Francis Yanga and Andre Ross, to form a company called Citruvio Communications Inc., in order to find technological solutions to address these privacy issues.

Biomedical informatics in the education of physicians

This brief commentary by Dr. Edward Shortliffe, a pioneer in the field of (bio)medical informatics, emphasizes the importance of incorporating informatics training into the undergraduate curriculum and briefly outlines some of the informatics skills and competencies needed. Includes a definition of 'biomedical informatics.' To access the full text, a subscription to JAMA is required (through your institution or otherwise).

Development and implementation of a biomedical informatics course for medical students: challenges of a large-scale blended-learning program

ABSTRACT Biomedical informatics (BMI) competencies are recognized as core requirements for the healthcare professional, but the amount of BMI educational interventions in the curricula of medical schools is limited. UNAM Faculty of Medicine in Mexico is a large public medical school, with more than 7000 undergraduate students. The undergraduate program recently underwent a major curricular revision, which includes BMI education. Two one-semester BMI courses (BMI-1 and BMI-2) were designed, with a blended learning educational model.

Influencing Change: Preparing the Next Generation of Clinicians to Practice in the Digital Age

Building on a foundation established in 2011 by Canada Health Infoway and Canada’s faculties of medicine, nursing, and pharmacy this article outlines efforts and initiatives to support faculty in preparing future clinicians to understand and practice in a digital environment. Links to resources are provided.

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Information and Educational Technology in Postgraduate Medical Education

This report discusses the key findings from an environmental scan for the Future of Medical Education of Canada Postgraduate (FMEC PG) Project on the uses of "Information Technology in Postgraduate Medical Education."

The evidence suggests that comprehensive learning on these technologies needs to be developed further to meet the needs of trainees and the healthcare system as a whole.

Teaching of Medical Informatics in UME-21 Medical Schools: Best Practices and Useful Resources


Objectives: Information-based decision making is important to modern medical practice. This report identifies learning objectives, teaching innovations, and student outcomes for teaching medical informatics (MI) in medical schools that participated in the Undergraduate Medical Education for the 21st Century (UME-21) curriculum project.

Understanding Electronic Medication Reconciliation (eMedRec)

Medication reconciliation (MedRec) or electronic medication reconciliation (eMedRec) is a formal process where physicians, nurses and pharmacists work with patients and their families to ensure that an accurate and comprehensive medication history is gathered and that information is communicated across care settings during patient healthcare transitions (admission, transfers, discharge).

What is eHealth? A primer for medical students

E-health is a broad concept used in the general sense to refer to the implementation of information and communication technology(ies) in healthcare. This includes the electronic health record (EHR), as well as technologies such as telehealth and mobile apps for health (mHealth). This definition encompasses the use of the Internet in delivering or improving healthcare, as well as the implementation of technologies such as databases, machine learning, clinical decision support, et cetera.