of Virginia SoN selects Unbound Medicine's handheld solution
CogniQ delivers current literature and evidence-based information
of Virginia (UVA) School of Nursing announces a partnership
Medicine, Inc., a leading provider of mobile and Web-based knowledge
management solutions. Graduate nursing students and select faculty
have started using CogniQ, Unbound Medicine's handheld delivery
platform, during clinical rounds and patient care. A new study,
"The Influence of Personal Digital Assistants on Access to
Evidence Based Research & Clinical Decision-Making", directed
by Arlene Keeling, PhD, RN, is evaluating the effectiveness of handheld
technology (PDAs, such as Palm and Handspring) in accessing evidence-based
research and enhancing clinical decision-making at the point of
"We have selected Unbound Medicine's CogniQ so that our students
and faculty can have high quality, up-to-date clinical information
wherever and whenever they need it," said Dr. Keeling, Director
of the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program and Associate Professor
at the University of Virginia School of Nursing. "By providing
immediate access to current literature and evidence-based information,
we can help demonstrate the importance of mobile resources in enhancing
clinical decision making and possibly reducing medication errors."
CogniQ, an integrated handheld and Web-based knowledge management
platform delivers real-time content, applications, and messaging
to handheld devices. It also provides links to corresponding in-depth
research on the Web. As part of the partnership, Unbound Medicine
will provide two standard channels, MEDLINE Journals and a drug
information database, as well as Nursing Rounds Study Guides, a
channel developed by Keeling.
"We are delighted that the UVA School of Nursing is working
with us to deliver critical information to faculty and graduate
students," said William Detmer, MD, President and CEO of Unbound
Medicine. "By providing the right answer at the right place
and time, the School of Nursing is providing the next generation
of advanced practice nurses with powerful new tools to enhance patient
"CogniQ is unique in that it not only delivers content, including
our own, to the handheld, but it also enables nurses to capture
questions on the handheld and answer them later using in-depth content
on the Web," added Dr. Keeling. "Many clinical questions
may now be addressed instead of forgotten when the student leaves
the clinical areas."
Unbound Medicine, Inc. (www.unboundmedicine.com), a leader in the
development of next-generation knowledge management systems, revolutionizes
the creation, dissemination, and utilization of medical information.
The company's handheld and Web-based solutions provide healthcare
professionals with immediate, authoritative, and accurate answers
to medical questions, wherever and whenever needed.
The University of Virginia School of Nursing is the first graduate
nursing program to require students to use hand held devices. One
of the first courses in the program for Family, Pediatric and Acute
Care Nurse Practitioner students is Graduate Pharmacology. Beginning
in Spring 2001, students used hand held applications instead of
a pharmacology textbook to access information as they completed
case studies. The students will use the hand held devices in the
clinical arena and evaluate the usefulness of the programs offered
by Unbound Medicine.
Dr. Shelley Huffstutler, Director of the Family Nurse Practitioner
Program, Audrey Snyder, MSN, ACNP Faculty, Tami Wyatt, Doctoral
student and Patti Krauskopf, Doctoral student at the University
of Virginia are assisting Dr. Keeling with this project.