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What is it?
This year we saw a new type of app being released onto the market that sought to make access to medical literature simpler. Using your institutions proxy library access, these apps allow users to login once and have access to all journals available to that institution.
What was Innovative?
Looking for a journal article can be a tedious thing, especially if done away from the work-place, where users must login to the library and then search for the article. These apps allow quick access, and streamline user’s experience to get papers they need. This cuts down on the time to access the literature, and makes it easier to share among colleagues.
Why is it important?
Ease of access of medical literature is something that really matters in an age of practice driven by evidence-based medicine. Having access to the latest data that may drive practice on a daily basis is very important for practitioners that pride themselves on being up-to-date. In addition, reading articles via a mobile device is becoming common, and having an app that mimics other common apps like Zite and Flipboard makes reading easier to do and to share.