Saturday, November 3, 2007

This presentation is part of : Using Mobile Information Management Tools to Promote Evidence-Based Practice in an Academic Environment
Information Technology Standards and Support Infrastructure Required for Successful Implementation of Mobile Information Management Tools
Geoffrey Wiggins, College of Nursing, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA

Implementation of a mobile information management program in an academic setting is dependent on a number of key infrastructure components as well as a carefully organized support infrastructure.  As with any new technology implementation, proper planning, training and needs assessments must take place well in advance and clearly defined support roles must be in place before placing the technology in the hands of the student.


This presentation will discuss the various technical issues and standards related to the implementation of a clinical information system and electronic reference materials on handheld devices in an academic environment.  Three major areas will be addressed including computing environment and infrastructure, technical standards and compatibility, and support infrastructure.  Computing environment and infrastructure will identify the physical setup of technology used in this program.  Technical standards and compatibility will address the hardware and software standards, how the different devices interact with one another, and how technology trends effect vendor and equipment choice.   Finally, support infrastructure will speak to the importance of having clearly defined support roles, what those roles are, common issues encountered and their solutions and how adequate training of instructors and IT support staff is an integral part in achieving success with new technology.