Dr. Bruce Dahlman has served with AIM since 1992 as a medical educator missionary and founding Head of Kabarak U Family Medicine Residency
Sub-Saharan African clinicians largely practice in an information-poor and resource-constrained environment. Typical textbooks, lab coat handbooks, computer and internet-based forms of relevant clinical information all have significant limitations, many unique to the typical rural African health facility. Basing health information and clinical decision support tools on the ubiquitous smart phone holds promise of combining high portability, high security and a large amount of available information at the point of patient care where patient care prompts questions by the clinician to make the best informed, evidence-based decision.
Participants will reflect on their current resource solutions, their strengths and limitations for support of clinical care and education.
The Digital African Health Library is highlighted as one Africa-centric resource that is now incorporating “hyper-relevant”, country-specific Ministry of Health based resources along with "best of category" resources into an integrated, single search platform for off-line use on iOS or Android devices.
1. Survey the challenges and barriers you face in accessing current medical information to continually improve your care and any point of care solutions you have utilized
2. Review the evidence from the Kenya Point of Care Health Information study on POC tools
3. Review the current plans and future vision for Digital African Health Library development