A new possibility: delivering dental and medical observational assessments (OSCEs) on an iPad

Posted by John Kleeman

Last week I wrote about presenting with Donald Thomson and David Walker from Dundee University about the use of Questionmark software for dental radiology exams. In the same session, we also discussed future possibilities for observational assessments to run online.

Like many other dental schools, Dundee University has students perform in practice while senior staff observe and rate them. These assessments are called OSCEs: Objective Structured Clinical Examinations. So for instance, a student radiologist takes and interprets an X-ray, while being observed by an expert.

Here is an example of an existing paper OSCE form used at Dundee:

Existing paper-based OSCE form at Dundee Dental School

Here are some potential advantages of computerizing these observational assessments:

  • It saves time and money as there is no need to scan/transcribe
  • Results are online instantly
  • A computer manages the workflow and identification
  • Participants get feedback online
  • No lost bits of paper and no illegible medical handwriting!

The University of Dundee is considering the potential for using iPads to deliver OSCEs, and here is how the form might look on that type of device:

iPad example of observational assessment

Dundee has a long history of innovation. After all, the boat that took Scott to the Antarctic was built there!  It’s exciting to see the potential innovations that tablets and Questionmark assessment software might bring to the world of medical assessment. See the Questionmark website for more on observational assessments.

Three Angles on Mobile Delivery

Posted by Julie Delazyn

All of us at Questionmark take a keen interest in the use of iPads, smart phones and other mobile devices for delivering assessments.

And with good reason, since around 400 million smartphones and tablets will be shipped in 2011 —  close to the number of PCs shipped. And the number of mobile cellular subscriptions grew to 5 billion in 2010.

If you’re interested in how your organization might be able to use mobile assessments, you might want to check out some tips our Chairman, John Kleeman, has posted recently on the SAP blog:

Mobile delivery will be among the many topics we’ll be talking about at the Questionmark Users Conference in Los Angeles this week.   Check out the conference program and follow us on Twitter. We’ll be tweeting from the Conference, and we’re happy to hear from you.  Join the conversation using #qm11.

New Questionmark App for Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch now available at iTunes!

Posted by Brian McNamara

Are you one of the millions of people with a new iPad?  Or one of the thousands of people waiting in line outside an Apple store today – about to get your hands on a shiny new iPhone 4?  If you’re not, chances are that many of the participants who take your assessments are.

So we are delighted to announce that version 2 of the Questionmark App – which enables streamlined assessment delivery via the Apple® iPad™, iPhone® and iPod touch® — is now officially available for download from the iTunes store.  In addition to adding support for the Apple iPad, the new version is completely configurable, — so your participants can access assessments scheduled for them in your Questionmark Perception v5 repository.

If you don’t have Questionmark Perception v5 yet, you can still try this new app – simply install it and choose the “demo” option, and the app will let you try out several assessments available from Questionmark’s demonstration site.

For more info about the Questionmark App and where to download it, click here.