To improve patients' care, outcomes and lives;
By changing physician's knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors;
Through the creation and evaluation of tools, techniques, and procedures that shift learning from the classroom and lecture hall to the point-of-care.
Educational informatics is the application of computers to education.
We wish to gain a deeper understanding of learning and to develop new computational tools to think with - that is new computational tools that help people learn new things in new ways.
Since 1989 we have pioneered the development in medicine of digital textbooks, digital libraries, institutional repositories and communities of practice. Our work spans the pre-Web, browseable Web, searchable Web, and social Web. We are internationally recognized as experts in the design, creation, curation, operation and evaluation of digital libraries and communities of practice.
Our current research is focused on empowering physicians through learning tools that enhance learning at the point-of-care and documenting and preserving this learning to create a personalized learning environment / knowledge management / e-memory system for every physician. This research is deeply interwoven within the fabric of the new discipline of Web Science.
Through these tools, we have practiced a form of intellectual philanthropy.
The Internet serves an amplifier for us in that it allows the efforts of a few to have a global impact.
Our learning tools currently help 2 million learners each year.
For the subjects of general pediatrics, pediatric education, pediatric radiology and radiology education as well as anatomy atlas, medical student education and naval medicine - our digital libraries have the highest impact factors on the Internet and are therefore amongst the top 10 authoritative Web sites on these subjects.
Our work has been funded by a broad spectrum of organizations including the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Library of Medicine, Radiological Society of North America, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the US Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Apple Computer, and ourselves.
Learning tools we have created, organized chronologically
Learning tools we have created, organized by funding agency
Learning tools mirrored around the world
- National Institutes of Health - Pediatric Research
- National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - BiodefenseEducation.org
- National Library of Medicine - Educational Technology Network, Virtual Hospital, Virtual Children's Hospital
- Radiological Society of North America - PediatricRadiology.com, RCollaboration
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - GeneralPediatrics.com
- United States Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery - Virtual Naval Hospital
- Apple Computer - Virtual Hospital, Virtual Children's Hospital
- Ambulatory Pediatric Association - Ambulatory Pediatric Association Online
- Society for Pediatric Radiology - Society for Pediatric Radiology Online
- Society of Thoracic Radiology - Society of Thoracic Radiology Online
- University of Iowa - Virtual Hospital, Virtual Children's Hospital, UIHealthCare.com
- Ourselves - Anatomy Atlases, AskRadiographics.org, Back Pain in Children, BiodefenseEducation.org, Common Questions Quick Answers Pediatrics, Correlapaedia, GeneralPediatrics.com, Hitchhiker's Guide to Pediatric Imaging, MedicalStudent.com, MetaTextbook of Pediatric Radiology, Paediapaedia, Pediatric Commons, PediatricEducation.org, PediatricRadiology.com, RadiologyEducation.com, SearchingMed.com, SearchingPediatrics.com, SearchingRadiology.com, Thoracopaedia, Virtual Pediatric Hospital, Virtual Pediatric Patients
Awards we have won
- Widernet mirrors PediatricEducation.org, Virtual Pediatric Hospital, and Anatomy Atlases to 55 universities in 46 countries in the developing world.
- The Medical Library Association's John P. McGovern M.D. Award in Information and Communication for Virtual Hospital
- Society for Pediatric Radiology's Singleton-Taybi Education Award for pediatric radiology education
- Royal College of Radiologist's Blue Skies Award for RCollaboration
- American Academy of Pediatrics' Best of the Pediatric Internet Award for Correlapaedia, ElectricAirway and Paediapaedia
- Consumer and Patient Health Information Section (CAPHIS) of the Medical Library Association named Virtual Pediatric Hospital to be one of the "Top 100 Health Websites You Can Trust" and specifically to be one of the top 10 Parenting and Kids Websites.
- Department of the Navy's Award for Knowledge Sharing - Outstanding Knowledge Expert System for Virtual Naval Hospital
- Scientific American's Sci/Tech Web Award for Virtual Hospital
- Computer Museum's exhibition entitled "The Networked Planet: Traveling the Information Highway" featured Virtual Hospital
- The Whole Internet User's Guide and Catalog (First Edition) recognized Educational Technology Network (ETNet) as one of the original medical Internet sites
- International Association of Business Communicators Golden Quill Award in organizational communication for UIHealthCare.com
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