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Technology Enabled Knowledge Translation for eHealth

Part of the series Healthcare Delivery in the Information Age pp 289-307

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CliniPEARLS: A Technical Framework for Disseminating Clinical Practice Guidelines from Different Providers on PDA and Smartphone Devices

  • Noreen KamalAffiliated withUBC Media and Graphics Interdisciplinary Centre (MAGIC) Email author 
  • , Tracy ThainAffiliated witheHealth Strategy Office, University of British Columbia
  • , Kendall HoAffiliated witheHealth Strategy Office, University of British Columbia

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Abstract

Clinical practice guidelines (CPG) are becoming more readily available as aids to health professionals in clinical care decisions. CliniPEARLS is a technology framework that allows for the publication of CPGs from multiple providers on various PDA (personal digital assistant) and smartphone devices. The technical contributions for CliniPEARLS include (1) allowing for multiple organizations to publish guidelines on a single platform; (2) providing a flexible security and administration structure that allow users to subscribe to guidelines from multiple organizations; (3) allowing for a central place to enter the guideline content by either internal editors or external contributors with the appropriate permissions; (4) four client handheld applications that connect to the central framework for Palm, Windows Mobile, Blackberry, and iPhone; and (5) providing a mechanism to ensure the users obtain the latest guidelines and update their existing ones. The project revealed insights and lessons learned in developing a technical framework for an electronic dissemination mechanism for guideline updates and connection of multiple device types. One of the key findings from this study shows the importance for developers of CPG applications to be on the cutting edge of technological advancements in hardware and software.