Digital clinical resources such as UpToDate and DynaMed are on- and off-line tools used to augment medical education and improve patient care.* They offer access to vital clinical information at the point of care and inform providers of the most recent advancements in medicine and best practices. While some of these resources are utilized during the treatment of patients, others are consulted for study and review during leisure time. The recent expansion of these tools in the United States raises questions regarding their global uptake, the barriers restricting their use, and what can be done to overcome these roadblocks.
To discuss these important questions, GHDonline is pleased to host an Expert Panel from July 20 – 24th, with panelists:
• Leo A. Celi, MD, MS, MPH (July 20-21) – Co-Founder and Executive Director, Sana
• Anthony Philippakis, MD, PhD – Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard; Venture Partner, Google
Ventures; Fellow in Cardiovascular Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
• Jodi Scarbrough, MBA – Global Business Services Director, Vecna Cares Charitable Trust
• Luke R. Smart, MD – Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York; Weill Bugando School of
Medicine, Mwanza, Tanzania
• Traci Wolbrink, MD, MPH – Associate Program Director, OPENPediatrics; Associate in Critical Care
Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital
• Robert Wu, MD, FRCPC, MSc – Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, University of
Our expert panelists will share their thoughts on the role of digital clinical resources and address the following questions:
1. How prevalent are digital clinical resources in resource-limited settings and in what ways are they
being implemented? What effects have they had on the quality of care provided?
2. What barriers are prevalent in that limit large-scale uptake of digital clinical resources? What
incentives are in place for healthcare systems to expand their digital clinical resources?
3. How can members of the medical community address
4. What can be done on a national level through government bodies or corporations to overcome
5. Are there any examples or case studies of digital clinical resources that have been implemented on
a national scale? What lessons can we learn from their success?
To better understand the usage habits and needs of healthcare professionals around the world, we also hope all of our members here will share their experiences with our panelists and the GHDonline community. As someone who actively delivers care, tracks and monitors patients, or supervises other caregivers, you know what point-of-care tools are prevalent in your setting and what barriers there may be to their usage.
We hope that you will all join us by sharing your thoughts on the questions above and joining the conversation with our panelists on this exciting topic. We look forward to a rich discussion, and are grateful for your input.
* Although electronic medical records (EMRs) are important tools in clinical settings, they will not be the focus of this expert panel.