The use of mobile technology is growing in both medical schools and the population at large. With this inclusion, many medical schools are finding new ways to integrate the technology into their curriculum. US News took a look at this push in a recent article.
Mobile technology has allowed better access between patients and physicians. Medical professionals can share medical information more freely, educating patients about symptoms or illnesses. Schools are beginning to integrate this educational ability into their offerings. Johns Hopkins University's School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School are both researching how mobile technology can be used in under-served areas, bringing medical information to those who may not have convenient access to medicine.
In the medical schools themselves, students are gaining exposure to the technology earlier and earlier. They can receive their books or hand-outs via mobile devices rather than printed. This eases the impact on printing costs, but also allows students to carry around the information more easily. Harvard has looked into patient tracking integration for their students. Third year medical students can track their interactions with patients and faculty can review them without having to track down paperwork.
The bottom line is the ease of use that mobile technology allows. By opening the potential for education, mobile technology has allowed better educational opportunities for patients and physicians. Tools to make medicine easier and more stream-lined are always welcomed and mobile technology is doing just that.