Since the launch of the Affordable Care act, medical technology is a booming business. The most visible technology is used directly by patients and includes apps for monitoring fitness levels and storing medical records. Medical professionals and patients alike want the field of medicine to move into the 21st century in terms of technology. In a poll by 1World Online, 74% of members think the medical field should adopt mobile and cloud-based technology.
Metrics Medicus is located in Palo Alto, CA but its clients are on the other side of the world. Dr. Victoria Brazil of Bond University Medical School has used the Metrics Medicus app for iOS for the past two semesters to positive reviews from students and staff. The highly customized app permits Brazil and her colleagues to provide actual case studies of patients with video and vital statistics so that the students can apply their knowledge in a simulation environment. Gone is the massive paper trail and clipboards left by traditional medical education. The app also provides a convenient way for students to communicate with their instructors and get immediate feedback on case management.
In an article for Medical Teacher, an international journal of education in the health sciences, Brazil concludes,
“This pilot study has shown that it is possible to “breathe life” into existing paper-based PBL cases to meet the demands of the 21st century with the efforts of a handful of dedicated faculty and a small financial outlay. As stated earlier, for Bond University medical students, their PBL was transformed from traditional “problem-based learning” to “patient-based learning,” delivering the same content but in a more contextually relevant and realistic fashion. Still within the collaborative learning environment of small groups (now “clinical teams”), students got to experience what a doctor does, albeit virtual. They found this approach motivating. By mirroring what they would be doing in a few months, it gave them a glimpse into the complex world of medical practice.”
While the Metrics Medicus medical app does not solve every medical problem (such as the poor quality of doctor handwriting), for Dr. Brazil and her team, it has breathed life into her program and given her students a real glimpse into patient care.
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