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Hospitalists Flock to Free HM App for iPhone, BlackBerry, and Other Handhelds


 

In less than a year, a smartphone application has attracted the attention of hospitalists across the country. Thousands of individuals have accessed the new “Hospitalist Connection” app since it launched in April.

Developed by Epocrates, one of the leaders in mobile applications in healthcare, “Hospitalist Connection” delivers fresh perspectives and unique content about leading research in hospital medicine. Topics include practice management, quality improvement, and care transitions.

Recent articles have covered the effect that financial incentives can have on HM operations and an editorial from Chad Whelan, MD, FHM, physician editor of “Hospitalist Connection,” about the effects of “presenteeism,” or physicians working when the know they are sick.

“When they are on the job, downtime for hospitalists is rare and valuable,” says Dr. Whelan, director of the Division of Hospital Medicine and associate professor of medicine at Loyola University’s Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago.

“‘Hospitalist Connection’ is an easy way to stay informed on best practices in the field—from anywhere at any time.”

To download and subscribe to “Hospitalist Connection,” visit www.hospitalmedicine.org/epocrates.

For SHM, delivering content to smartphones is a logical move.

“This advances the specialty, and we’re thrilled to make it as easy as possible for our members and others to subscribe,” says Todd Von Deak, MBA, CAE, vice president of operations and general manager of SHM. “This is another tangible way that SHM is helping hospitalists improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of care in the hospital.”

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