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

  • Noreen KamalEmail author
  • Tracy Thain
  • Kendall Ho
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Part of the Healthcare Delivery in the Information Age book series (Healthcare Delivery Inform. Age)

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.

Keywords

Mobile Device British Columbia Personal Health Record Client Application Multiple Provider 
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Notes

List of Key Terms

Client software

This is the application that accesses a remote service on another computer system (server) through a network such as the Internet

CPG

Clinical practice guidelines are systematically developed statements to assist practitioners and patient decisions about appropriate health care for specific clinical circumstances (Field and Lohr 1992)

OS

An operating system is the software that manages the connection between the hardware and a computer’s applications (e.g., OS on computers include Windows 7 or Mac (Snow Leopard))

PDA

Personal digital assistants are mobile devices that function as personal information managers; they typically are stand-alone devices that historically are not connected to the Internet

Provider

An organization that has an interest in creating and disseminating clinical practice guidelines

Server

A physical computer dedicated to running one or more such services (such as data access) to serve the needs of programs running on other computers (clients)

Server–client architecture

A distributed application structure that partitions tasks or workloads between providers, server computer, and requestors, client computer, or device

Smartphone

A mobile phone that is capable of running advanced functions such as e-mail, Internet browsing, calendar, and other applications

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UBC Media and Graphics Interdisciplinary Centre (MAGIC)VancouverCanada
  2. 2.eHealth Strategy OfficeUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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