This spring Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library conducted trials of the clinical care tool, DynaMed, and its mobile app and the mobile app for browsing journal literature, BrowZine. Below are summaries of the responses we received via our online feedback surveys.
Access to DynaMed has been available since September 2012 with the survey running during the month of April 2013. The survey respondents were affiliated with the College of Physicians and Surgeons, School of Nursing, and New York Presbyterian Hospital and included 1st and 2nd year students, clinicians, and nurses. A majority of respondents were directly involved with patient care.
The ability to find desired information using DynaMed was rated as mixed and its presentation and speed at providing information was rated as lower than average. In the comments respondents indicated a desire to know the authors of individual articles. Most respondents did not try the DynaMed mobile app, but those who did expressed little interest in using the app in the future.
Clinical point of care tools continue to evolve and their complexity requires longer periods of time and greater familiarity to evaluate. As a result the Health Sciences Library has extended the DynaMed trial until June 2014 with more communication regarding its possible purchase next spring.
The trial was conducted simultaneously on the Morningside and the CUMC campus, with 85% of the activity coming from users who identified CUMC as their campus. There were over 106 full text downloads and 228 views of table of contents listings across both campuses.
Respondents to the survey were clinicians from College of Physicians and Surgeons and students from the School of Nursing. All respondents were interested in the application’s ability to read articles when offline, however continued use of the application was mixed depending on whether there was access to desired titles. The ability to search for articles by subject was also identified as a desired feature.
Based on the feedback survey, usage data, and budget considerations the library will not be purchasing BrowZine for the upcoming year. We will continue to investigate other methods and tools for easy offline reading of subscription content as this was identified as a popular feature.