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Technology in Practice Section (TIPS)
(formerly "Pharmacotherapy on the Web")
“Our Age of Anxiety is, in great part, the result of trying to do today's jobs with yesterday's tools." These words of the distinguished communications theorist Marshall McLuhan were never more true. Today's health practitioners are constantly challenged by the increasing volume of health information, the changing technology skills required, and avoiding both information overload and anxiety. Pharmacotherapy practitioners require a core level of technology competence in order to keep pace with patient needs in today's health systems. A lack of technology skills might lead to anxiety, information overload and suboptimal patient care.
We are agree with a January 2001 editorial which states that pharmacists have not been at the forefront of integrating available technologies into their practice settings and that there is a “worrisome” technology gap in our profession.(1) A survey we conducted at our institution in May 2001 indicated that the greatest work-related technology challenge that pharmacists perceived was a lack of skills required to effectively use currently available technology and on-line resources for patient care. The vast majority of the respondents believed that their practice effectiveness would significantly increase if their computer, Internet, and information management skills could be improved.
The purpose of the TIPS is to empower readers with the knowledge required to integrate technology into their practice to improve patient care, research, education and life-long learning effectiveness. The section of the JIP will focus on technologies that are currently available, ubiquitous and can be procured “off-the-shelf” by individuals. The TIPS will expand the scope of the "Pharmacotherapy on the Web" section, which has been part of the JIP since its inception. Web site reviews will expand to include resources that provide content on information management and computer skills.
We invite readers to guide the subject matter of the TIPS section by submitting questions and topic suggestions. We are interested in hearing about what your technology related challenges are and hope to provide a forum for addressing some of the questions you have. Also, we invite you to submit a description of the innovative solutions that you have developed to meet some of these challenges in your practice setting.
The TIPS section of the JIP will feature topics such as:
We look forward to your questions and hearing about your day-to-day technology-related challenges.
Are you a health care professional and know of a useful site for your practice? Submit it to us for review.
The purpose of JIP Web reviews is to answer the following question about the site:
How USEFUL is it to pharmacotherapy practitioners? (i.e., is it likely to assist clinicians or researchers in making clinical decisions or advancing their skills?)
This is answered by evaluating sites according to the following criteria:
1. Is the information COMPLETE (i.e., in-depth) enough to meet it’s claimed or perceived objectives? ( /5)
2. Is the information CREDIBLE (i.e., accurate, unbiased)? ( /5)
3. Is the site well-designed (USABILITY)? ( /5)
4. Does the site have a particularly innovative purpose or feature that compensates for any shortcomings identified above?
SAMPLE OF THE J.I.P. WEBSITE REVIEW FORMAT:
Please direct any inquiries or comments about the Journal to the Publishing Editors. If you have any recommendations for journal content, we would be pleased to receive your ideas.
Last updated: April 19, 2002