Revista Salud Uninorte
Print version ISSN 0120-5552
AGAMEZ LUENGAS, Saskia; ALDANA BOLANO, María; BARRETO ARCOS, Vanessa and SANTANA GOENAGA, Adriana. Aplications of informations technology in medical education. Salud, Barranquilla [online]. 2009, vol.25, n.1, pp. 150-171. ISSN 0120-5552.
The development of new Technologies in the last years has allowed the implementation of numerous teaching systems for the extension of students’ knowledge, allowing them to learn through simulated reality using human simulators, mobile devices and the web. Handheld computers have proven to be a valuable resource for medical students in the classroom for formal teaching and in medical practice. The most popular uses are electronic text books, medication references, data bases and medical calculators, and patient tracking software. Students prefer Web tutorials to traditional lecture-based classes for accessibility, ease of use, freedom of navigation, high medical image quality and advantage of repeated practice, that web-based learning has been continually developing and that it is a very important tool in Evidence Based Medicine. Web tools 2.0 known as wikis, blogs and podcast have the potential to complement, improve and create new assistance dimensions to the different educational web pages in medicine and health, to the continued professional development and already existing research services. Many universities around the world are introducing in their medical curriculum the use of these technologies and subjects related with cybermedicine and telemedicine, eliminating barriers through internet and allowing students an adequated training in searching, finding and using internet information to improve patient care.
Keywords : M-learning; e-learning; handhelds; tutorial; wiki; podcast; blogs; technology; teaching; cybermedicine; telemedicine; simulators.