In the era of restricted work hours and increasingly demanding clinical care, maintaining effective communication between providers, increasing efficiency, and providing on-demand access to relevant educational materials becomes of critical importance.
Apprentice is a new platform for patient care being developed at the MGH Laboratory of Computer Science. It creates a framework for the integration of patient data with tools for collaboration and educational resources. Apprentice:mobile is the centerpiece of the Apprentice project, allowing handheld devices such as the Palm Treo to access resources and knowledge from any location. This platform is particularly well suited for residents or staff members who travel throughout the hospital.
Apprentice: web provides all the functionality of Apprentice:mobile for desktop access and is suited for rapid data entry (e.g., for preparing for handoffs of care, recording teaching documents). Together, these two components help self-learning medical programs meet the dual needs of world-class patient care and sustainable teaching and education in an increasingly time-driven environment.