1B3 Navigating the Sea of Free: supporting Clinician Use of High-Quality Point-of-Care Moblie Applicaitons

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  • Introduction: The Alberta Health Service's Knowledge Resource Service (KRS) supports clinicians and staff in evidence-informed decision-making, in part, by licensing point-of-care mobile applications. While the KRS team supports use of these resources with self-based education guides and education sessions, clients also ask KRS to recommend free mobile apps to supplement KRS subscriptions. The literature shows that mobile apps vary in their use of evidence, clinical relevance, and usability. Consequently, KRS is launching a monthly review of a free mobile app, to be posted on the KRS website. Description: Drawing on current literature, the program leads will identify evaluation criteria for point-of-care apps. Our first selections have been recommended by residents and clinicians; subsequent point-of-care apps will be identified via survey during resident orientations, occurring at hospital sites each summer. The resulting lists, together with ongoing reviews of the literature, will determine which apps are appraised. Outcomes: In April, KRS will launch a 'Free App of the Month' feature, providing an overview of the resource's strengths and weaknesses, information on accessibility, and links to additional literature where available. We will present two free 'App of the Month' overviews at the conference, as well as our plan to evaluate this program. Discussion: The KRS 'App of the Month' project will connect us with residents, who are native to mobile app technology, and support a wider pool of AHS clinicians considering free mobile apps to complement their practice.

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