“This is another tool people can use to keep up with the latest research in health care,” said Adol Esquivel, the UT Health Science Center programme coordinator. “You can listen to health care updates while jogging or commuting.” Many podcasts are available in Spanish and English.
PC Magazine defines a podcast “as an audio broadcast that has been converted to an MP3 file or other audio file format for playback in a digital music player. Although many podcasts are played in a regular computer, the original idea was to listen on a portable device; hence, the ‘pod’ name from ‘iPod.’ Although podcasts are mostly verbal, they may contain music, images and video.”
iTunes U is a free service that allows health science centre faculty and students to distribute educational audio and video content using iTunes Store infrastructure. It gives research institutions an opportunity to enhance their public education and community outreach efforts.
With free software, health care consumers can download podcasts of research updates from the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences which is working to fast track the application of scientific knowledge to patient care and community programmes.
The health science center has both a public section for health care consumers and a private section for students and faculty members, where class information can be accessed. “If a medical student misses a class, he or she could log into iTunes U and download the lecture,” Esquivel said. “Doctors can use iPods to keep up with research between patient visits.” Busy people rushing between jobs and carpools can listen to segments from HealthLeader and hear information on many health issues, the researchers add.
To log in to receive the podcast, go to www.uth.tmc.edu/itunesu
MEDICA.de; Source: University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston