Medical information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has launched XtraCredit, an iPhone and iPod Touch application that provides physicians with continuing medical education (CME) credit for clinical research done online. XtraCredit was developed by the Lippincott Continuing Medical Education Institute, a Wolters Kluwer Health subsidiary, in partnership with software developer RSi/Focal Search.
Using XtraCredit, physicians can receive CME credit for online searches of a range of professional sources, including medical books and journals published by medical and health publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Users can download the application at no charge from http://xtracredit.com/iphone or directly from the iTunes AppStore.
Many US states require medical professionals to complete an established number of continuing medical education credits to remain certified and licensed. Many specialty societies and hospitals also require physicians to complete CME activities to maintain their Board certification and admitting privileges. CME credits are awarded for classes, presentations and other live events, written publications, online programs, audio, video, or other electronic media. XtraCredit allows physicians to use text or dictation to earn credit for their online searching, regardless of whether the research is completed on the phone, on a computer, or via an approved evidenced-based clinical decision support system.
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