Semin Med Pract
Handheld computing in resident education: benefits, barriers, and considerations
Zaroukian MH, Sousa A
Residency programs are responsible for ensuring that their graduates have the skills and knowledge needed to provide care that is patient-centered, effective, safe, and efficient. Achieving care of this quality requires the ability to retrieve and review relevant evidence and to combine it with patient-specific data at the point of care. It is now possible for clinicians to use handheld computers to store and access an increasingly diverse array of information that is useful in delivering quality patient care. This article illustrates how handheld computers can be used in resident education to enhance patient care, facilitate the training and evaluation of residents, and support program administration. The authors also outline major steps and considerations involved in implementing handheld computers into residency programs.
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