A New Look for DynaMed™ Provides Additional Features for Users While Continuing to Offer the Best Available Evidence

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A New Design and Easier Navigation Provide More Functionality for Users of EBSCO Publishing’s Evidence-Based Point-of-Care Resource DynaMed™

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...extending the DynaMed service to support personalized alerting functionality allows individual clinicians to stay current in their area of interest in a way that has not been possible previously.

Healthcare professionals searching the evidence-based content in DynaMed™ will notice some changes in the point-of-care tool from EBSCO Publishing now that a preview of the new DynaMed interface has been released. More features and improved functionality are behind the interface redesign which will introduce users to a new home page and new navigation functionality.

The goal of the redesign is to create a simpler way for clinicians and other healthcare professionals to search the clinically-organized summaries that DynaMed provides for more than 3,200 topics. The goal of the preview is to give users the opportunity to become familiar with the new interface before it goes live in July.

DynaMed is an evidence-based clinical reference tool created by physicians for physicians and other healthcare professionals for use primarily at the point of care. DynaMed is updated daily in order to provide the best available evidence and can be integrated into electronic health records. As part of the home page redesign, a new Spotlight area will highlight clinically relevant news and information. Changes to the current Search Other Services area will allow users to easily navigate to other resources directly from DynaMed to improve access to additional information during diagnosis and treatment.

In addition to the new home page design, enhanced navigation functionality within the result list will introduce hover functionality—letting users easily see the section and subsection structure for every topic. New linking functionality will drive users directly to a topic subsection from the result list and users will also be able to obtain related search results from other EBSCO databases to which they subscribe.

Within the topics, DynaMed has introduced enhanced navigation options allowing users to easily navigate the topic sections and subsections. New functionality will also offer searching within the text of a topic enabling users to easily find specific terms or phrases. Since DynaMed is updated daily, enhancements to the Recent Updates page will enable users to filter updates easily as well as to view by specialty. A new practice changing updates feature will allow users to filter the display to only show recent updates that are most likely to change clinical practice. This allows clinicians to know when they need to consider changing their approach as medicine evolves.

Brian S. Alper, MD, MSPH, founder and editor-in-chief of DynaMed says these enhancements support DynaMed’s continued mission to provide the most useful information to health care professionals at the point of care. “In addition to the many enhancements supporting more rapid searching and navigating to meet specific information needs, extending the DynaMed service to support personalized alerting functionality allows individual clinicians to stay current in their area of interest in a way that previously has not been possible.”

When DynaMed users migrate over to the new interface, additional changes will be introduced including: new spell-checker functionality that will suggest alternate terms, the ability to create email alerts to be notified when topics are updated with new evidence and persistent links in DynaMed that will support proxy server authentication. The preview site will remain available until the new version of DynaMed is released in July. Find out more about DynaMed at http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed.

About EBSCO Publishing
EBSCO Publishing is the world’s premier database and eBook aggregator, offering a suite of more than 300 full-text and secondary research databases and more than 300,000 eBooks. Through a library of tens of thousands of full-text journals, magazines, books, monographs, reports and various other publication types from renowned publishers, EBSCO serves the content needs of all medical professionals (doctors, nurses, medical librarians, social workers, hospital administrators, etc.). The company’s product lines include proprietary databases such as CINAHL®, DynaMed™, Nursing Reference Center™, Patient Education Reference Center™, Rehabilitation Reference Center™, Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine Source™ and SocINDEX™ as well as dozens of leading licensed databases such as MEDLINE®, PsycARTICLES® and PsycINFO®. Databases are powered by EBSCOhost®, the most-used for-fee electronic resource in libraries around the world. For more information, visit the EBSCO publishing website at: http://www.ebscohost.com.

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