Members of Doctors.net.uk, the professional network of doctors in the UK, can now keep abreast of the latest medical conferences via their smartphone, due to a new Conference Highlights app.
Doctors.net.uk has converted its online conference highlights service into an app that enables members to watch videos, read independent reports about latest research and scrutinise specific questions put to opinion leaders.
Highlights of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2011, the preeminent oncology conference, are the first contents to go live. The app gives direct access to the latest thinking on key tumour types, with videos featuring leading oncologists from across Europe and North America.
The Conference Highlights app, which is offered exclusively to Doctors.net.uk members, also enables doctors to read abstracts from articles associated with individual conferences and to request full versions of articles via email. They can receive Twitter feeds for upcoming conferences too.
The new resource is free of charge and available for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. It complements Doctors.net.uk's other popular app, Medical News, where stories about the latest clinical developments are streamed.
Dr Tim Ringrose, medical director of Doctors.net.uk, said: "We know that with funding restrictions and clinical workload, doctors are finding it increasingly difficult to attend conferences in person. This is a concern because such events give access to new thinking and a unique opportunity for doctors to learn from senior colleagues.
"This app is therefore a really useful resource for busy doctors who want the latest conference updates while on the go. It is a quick and simple way for them to obtain everything from a quick topic overview to detailed information about a specific medical condition."
The app is available from iTunes or search for 'conference highlights' in the App Store.