July 26, 2008

Word of warning before buying iPod Touch or iPhone applications

If you have seen my previous posts about the possibilities for nursing educators with new iPhone and iPod Touch firmware, I want to give you a word of caution. Some publishers are currently advertising for sale iPhone/iPod Touch applications, but they may have one big shortcoming--they only work with wireless access to a network. These applications are essentially web browsers that get their data from an online server. They work fine but only if you have WiFi access (or data service on the iPhone).

As of today, only Epocrates Rx has a database that resides on the device. My best advice is to buy references when they are for sale on the iTunes App Store. That is your only assurance that the applications will work for your students wherever they are.

July 18, 2008

iPod Touch and iPhone now more useful to Nurse Educators

With the release of Firmware 2.0 for the iPod Touch and iPhone nurse educators now have new device to consider for practice and education. Right now the only healthcare application of widespread use is the Epocrates Rx application. This free application works great, updates easily, and has the best interface I've ever seen. You will need to first update iTunes to version 7.7 to access the link.

In the coming months, many new applications will be available. Nurse educators really need to look closely at the iPod Touch as a recommended tool for practice and education.
We will post more on how to use this new device in nursing education in upcoming posts.