Monday, November 24, 2014

Office 365 Video - New Feature

I discovered a new Office 365 app this afternoon - Office 365 Video.  I am using Office 365 with the University's sharepoint server.  It is a developing Office feature and we are sure to hear more. The YouTube video below explains how the app will work.  More information is available from the Office blog at

Friday, November 21, 2014

Draw MD - A Free App with Lots of Possibilities - Find it in MERLOT

I spent time finishing triages for contributions to MERLOT (  this week.  I discovered some amazing apps.  Draw MD is one -

Actually Draw MD is many apps.  It has anatomical images that the user can modify to teach others. While it was designed to assist physicians to teach patients, it has possibilities for all health science educators and students. The user can draw on the image, add text, and use "stamps."  The video from YouTube shown below provides an example using a urology image.  The final image can be saved or emailed.  Instructors might want to create images to use in slide presentations for lectures.  Students might create images to share what they understand about disorders. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Diabetes Website - Guiding Principles for the Care of People With or at Risk for Diabetes

An amazing group of organizations banded together to create Guiding Principles for the Care of People With or at Risk for Diabetes, which assist providers to deliver diabetes care.  The website is at 
It is sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services, the NIH, and the CDC.

The ten principles are:
  1. Identify undiagnosed diabetes and prediabetes
  2. Manage prediabetes
  3. Provide self-management education and support
  4. Provide individualized nutrition therapy
  5. Encourage regular physical activity
  6. Control blood sugar
  7. Reduce cardiovascular disease risk
  8. Detect and monitor microvascular complications
  9. Consider special populations
  10. Provide patient-centered care

Saturday, November 15, 2014

iPharmacy Pill Reminder App for iOS and Android Devices

There is a pill reminder app, iPharmacy, available for iOS and Android devices.

The information about the iOS app is at
The information about the Android app is at

View the video below to learn more.

Outbreak App from CDC

The Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) created an app, Outbreak, which is a free download for the iPad.  The app is an epidemiology game with different levels, where the user attempts to find the source of an outbreak.  It has fantastic potential as a teaching tool for use in high school, and higher education.  An pre-professional in healthcare could benefit from its use.

Learn more about the app from the YouTube video below.

Draw MD App

I discovered an amazing app in MERLOT today called Draw MD.  The app is free and includes anatomical drawings that the user can annotate with drawing and text tools.  The drawings can be saved, printed, or emailed for further use.  You can learn more about the app at 

The YouTube video below provides information about the urology drawing and associated tools.  

Microsoft Office 2015 for the Mac

I read this morning that Microsoft Office is scheduled for release at the end of 2015.  However, Outlook is available now. 

If you have a subscription to Office 365 and you have updated your operating system, you can take advantage of the update now.

You can read more about it from the MacWorld article at

MERLOT Fall 2014 Newsletter

The Fall 2014 newsletter for MERLOT was released yesterday. It is available at

The topics are:

Of special interest are the conference for next year, how MERLOT is integrating Quality Matters, and the MERLOT Open Education Resources (OER) for Cancer project.