Most of us have routines regarding how we get our news and information about the healthcare sector. These routines may be uprooted when you travel on a healthcare assignment.
But technology has made it easier than ever to stay on top of the news and information you need to keep your knowledge about your profession up to date.
Read below for three ways you can stay on top of healthcare and career news and information while you’re on assignment:
1) Podcasts. (Just in case you unfamiliar with the term, podcasts are, according to Wikipedia.org, digital media that consist of periodic series of video, audio and other files that you can download and streamline to your computer or mobile device.) HealthcareNowRadio.com has several archived podcasts that discuss issues of interest to healthcare travelers. You also can find other podcasts of interest to travelers by simply Googling the term “traveling healthcare podcasts.”
2) News Apps. How many news apps are there? Too many to count! You can find news apps on sports, fashion, international issues, financial issues, domestic news, even regional and hyper-local news apps. We did a simple Google search for “healthcare news apps” and up came several links on the first page taking us to articles highlighting some of the top apps. For example, a free app called Epocrates (for iPhones) lets you view clinical data that updated continually. The app is free and you can check for drug-drug interactions, identify pills by their physical characteristics, and so on. You can customize Epocrates for your specialty and practice.
If you want to find news apps specific to your specialty, try Googling, for example, “nursing news apps.” Nursing Central is on nursing app we found. This iPhone app lets nurses and even nursing students find info on diseases, tests, drugs, and procedures. You can consult a continually updated database of 5,000 drugs at any time. You can consult the latest in disease information and you can subscribe to your favorite nursing journals and even search all of the MEDLINE/PubMed database directly from your phone. The cost is $169.95, and you can also access the Nursing Central from a laptop/desktop computer.
3) Google Hangouts. Google’s Hangouts has made video conferencing exceptionally easy, so much so that more and more travelers are using the screen share/live video conferencing technology to have…video conferences! You can meet with colleagues from all over the country and even the globe. Speak with your family members and friends, often with family members/friends located in different places. Imagine being able to chat with your husband at home and your college-age daughter in her dorm, at the same time!
What technology have you found helpful as you travel? Tell us about them here!
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