Advances in technology have rapidly changed almost every aspect of day-to-day life with people of almost every generation now with a smart phone or some other sort of gadget that is designed to make life easier. A lot of these ‘essential’ gizmos I’d like to think I could live without but there are a few that definitely have my backing.
The patientACCESS® scheme which allows cancer patients and their carers to access medical research journals now has an app. I’m sure every medical or biomedical student has faced the frustration of finding the perfect article for a piece of work and then finding there is no way to getting it without paying a pretty hefty price. The restriction of access to journals is always a conundrum as journals need to make money to pay their employees, ect but if he research is being done to aid patients who cannot view the articles it all seems a bit closed and slightly unfair.
The patient access scheme is opening up this bundle of scientific secrecy. The new application for both Android and iPhone allows people that have been given a login and password by their doctor to: book appointments, order repeat prescriptions, as well as the ability to look up research on their condition.
Technology being applied to medicine can sometimes be an unsettling prospect but allowing patients more freedom to see the scientific advanced that directly apply to them can only be a good thing.