App Reviewed: Docphin (Ver. 1.0)
Goals of Review:
- Review Docphin’s platform for use among health professionals as a way to manage medical literature and media
- Assess Docphin’s new app for ability to provide easily accessible medical literature
What is Docphin?
I would like to introduce today a new platform on the computer and at the palm of your hands to help keep abreast with medical news and research.
Founded by a group of physicians in 2010, Docphin (Docphin – the Personalized Health Information Network) seeks to address the need of medical professionals to keep up-to-date on the medical literature in a easily accessible form. In essence, Dophin is a platform that is integrated with a Hospital/Institution’s library.
What this means, is that instead of utilizing a browser to search the online library for articles and papers, Docphin serves as an integrated portal to help access those papers for you, without utilizing a web browser or going through different logins or journal portals.
This cuts down time and speeds up access to the medical literature.
How does it work?
Docphin’s website allows a user to register for free and create a profile, provided they are a member of one of the current institutions working with Docphin. If you cannot find your institution is a collaborator yet, you can request Docphin to reach out and invite the institution to join.
Currently, Docphin has greatly expanded and is enrolling multiple institutions in its short time of operation. This can be followed closely with their blog.
After registering with Docphin, the user may then customize the website to fit their needs. This includes selecting pertinent medical journals and news media sources that the user would like to primarily concentrate on. Options are broken down into different medical specialties (e.g. general medicine, cardiology) with associated medical journals. Twitter also is integrated with Docphin to allow a stream of updates on a certain area of interest to be viewed, which is also broken down by specialties.
Users may then look for articles or read papers of interest. Choosing an article will then bring it up from the library that the user is associated with. This can then be read or downloaded as a PDF. Articles can also then be favorited and stored on the user’s profile. In order to help manage their collection, users can create and tag articles for their own searches in the future.
For example, if I am looking through my collection of papers for something dealing with sports medicine, I can look for all articles that I had tagged with ‘sports’ or ‘sports medicine.’