Author: Altemus AR
To give those who can't travel to Bethesda, Maryland to see it in person, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) offers a a lively virtual experience with a free iPad app that captures the contents of its popular exhibition, Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness, currently on display. The app lets users explore video interviews with tribal elders, healers and other prominent people who practice traditional medicine, Western medicine or a combination of both. From their unique experiences and perspectives, they weave a tapestry of stories of the vibrant and diverse cultures of and medicine ways practiced by Alaska Natives, Native Americans and Native Hawaiians. Other video clips provide an exhibition overview and highlights of the 4,400-mile journey of a totem pole specially crafted for the exhibition, from Washington state to the NIH campus in Bethesda. In addition to content from Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness, the app contains an "About NLM" feature, which allows public to get information about the National Library of Medicine and also learn how to "Visit NLM" and "Connect with NLM" via social media outlets.
Download Mobile App: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nlm-native-voices/id521226050?mt=8
Museum Exhibition Web site: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/nativevoices/
Author: Gill MJ, Pearson G, Neve L, Miernicki G, Antani SK, Thoma GR
A post-disaster family reunification technology. In addition to basic missing person data, ReUnite allows image capture, metadata tagging, geo-location, text and voice notes, and support for French and Spanish languages. Available from Apple iTunes.
The ReUnite mobile app is one tool that we have developed for the Lost Person Finder (LPF) project. The goal of the LPF project is to create a Web system that enables family, friends and neighbors to locate missing people during a disaster event. In a disaster, this system can help provide reassurance, facilitate family reunification, enhance coordination with disaster-responding non-govenrmental organizations (NGOs), and alleviate some of the workload on public-health personnel and other responders who interact with the community. When LPF is deployed after a disaster event, seekers will be able to search the LPF database, and retrieve information on desktop and handheld computers. In addition, the LPF system could display pictures and other information on missing persons on large monitors placed at key public locations. This project, conducted by CEB, is one of several undertaken by the NLM to address emergency conditions in the event of a disaster. Along with the National Institutes of Health's Clinical Center, the National Naval Medical Center, and Suburban Hospital, NLM is a participant in the Bethesda Hospitals Emergency Preparedness Partnership (BHEPP).
- Mobile App: http://lpf.nlm.nih.gov/
- License agreement: http://www.apple.com/legal/itunes/appstore/dev/stdeula/
- NLM Lost Person Finder: http://lpf.nlm.nih.gov/
Author: Thoma GR
Turning the Pages (TTP) makes rare and historical medical books accessible to the public, while protecting them from the wear-and-tear of everyday use. The National Library of Medicine first collaborated with the British Library to create NLM's version in 2001, and at that time, people still had to come to the library and use special kiosks to view these books. Now we offer TTP Online, a Web-accessible version of TTP, which provides Web users a compelling and nearly identical version of the virtual books in the kiosks. For users of Apple’s iPad we make a limited selection of books available in our TTP iPad app, available in the appstore. People can also still visit the NLM’s Visitors Center and the History of Medicine Division to use the Turning the Pages kiosks.
In creating our version of TTP at NLM, we refined the original technology by using advanced 3D computer generated imagery, digital image enhancement, animation, illumination models and software programming to simulate the act of easily flipping through virtual books displayed in a highly photorealistic manner. In addition, our TTP provides extra information about the authors of the books and the subject matter in the form of curators’ notes and captions.
Author: Fontelo P
PubMed for Handhelds brings the information in NLM's MEDLINE/PubMed to the point of care via devices like smart phones. It includes askMEDLINE and txt2MEDLINE to search by text message, PICO (Patient, Intervention, Comparison, and Outcome) to apply clinical filters, and The Bottom Line and Consensus Abstracts to view summary abstracts.
- Mobile App: http://pubmedhh.nlm.nih.gov