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Unit 4: Mobile Devices

A mobile device is a small, handheld computing device, typically having a display screen with touch input or a miniature keyboard. There are many types of mobile devices including smartphones, e-readers, and tablet PCs. Mobile technology can be used in a variety of practical and efficient ways to improve patient care.



To understand the components of mobile devices and to utilize clinical and evidence-based mobile resources.



When the component is complete, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify various types of mobile devices.
  2. Understand the difference between native and web-based mobile applications.
  3. Recognize and list sources for the various categories of healthcare mobile applications including patient education and clinical resources.
  4. Utilize and compare at least three mobile healthcare resources to answer a patient care question.
  5. Outline security and HIPAA issues with mobile devices.
  6. Be familiar with mobile bibliographic tool apps.
  7. Understand the copyright implications when sharing documents via mobile devices.


Activities: (90 points)

Please complete this unit's 10 activities listed in Sakai.


Unit Quiz: (10 points)

Please complete the exercises in Sakai. All questions and exercises for this unit must be completed by December 5, 2014, 5:00pm.



  1. Completed quiz on mobile devices and applications.
  2. Short essay on patient and clinician based apps.
  3. Patient care question.
  4. Short paper on the comparison of three mobile resources.
  5. Completed quiz on security and HIPAA issues.
  6. Completed quiz on copyright.
  7. Reflection essay.
  8. Unit quiz.



Stephanie Shippey, M.L.I.S., A.H.I.P.

Lubbock Library Administration, Room 262

Phone: (806) 743-2208

Fax: (806) 743-2218



Tara Allison, M.L.I.S.

Lubbock Technical Services, Room 207B

Phone: (806) 743-2276

Fax: (806) 743-2218



Travis Real, M.L.S., A.H.I.P.

Odessa Library, Room 1B18

Phone: (432) 703-5032

Fax: (432) 335-5170




Google Play. Retrieved from

iMedicalApps. Retrieved from

iTunes. Retrieved from

MedicalApp Journal. Retrieved from

MobiHealthNews. Retrieved from

Sewell, J., & Thede, L. (2013). Mobile computing: Finding knowledge in the palm of your hand. In Informatics and nursing: Opportunities and challenges (pp. 211- 225). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott. (available in print, Koha)

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Resources for Mobile Devices. Retrieved from


Other Resources:

Diagnosarus. Retrieved from

DynaMed Plus. Retrieved from

Epocrates. Retrieved from

Essential Evidence Plus. Retrieved from

Clinical Key. Retrieved from

MedlinePlua. Retrieved from

Micromedex. Retrieved from

PEPID. Retrieved from

PubMed. Retrieved from

STAT!Ref. Retrieved from

EndNote. Retrieved from

RefWorks. Retrieved from