Providing Online Access to Point-of-Care Information: Lessons from the Physician Portal

Jason Aprile*, OntarioMD, Toronto, Canada

Track: Business Track
Presentation Topic: other
Presentation Type: Oral presentation
Submission Type: Single Presentation

Building: MaRS Centre
Room: CR3
Date: 2008-09-04 01:30 PM – 03:00 PM
Last modified: 2008-11-06

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Abstract ( is a Web portal which provides clinicians access to a variety of information resources. The content delivered via the portal is organized and presented according to lessons gleaned through the ongoing engagement of portal users and other stakeholders.

Recent studies regarding the information needs of clinicians (Davies (2007) and Perley et al. (2007), have concluded that online content must meet certain criteria in order to be effective. These findings include the need for content to be: available at the point of care, easily searchable, customizable and anticipate the user's needs.

Since 2006, has been developing resources which address these criteria. This presentation will demonstrate how engaged in the development of resources and best practices which address the clinician's need for reputable point of care information.


Davies K. The information-seeking behaviour of doctors: a review of the evidence. Health Information and Libraries Journal, 25, 2007.
OntarioMD Web portal. URL: http: //
Perly CM, Gentry CA, Fleming AS, Sens KM. Conducting a user-centered information needs assessment: the Via Christi Libraries' experience. J Med Libr Assoc 95(2) April 2007.

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