The Rector of UJI (the Universitat Jaume I), Vicent Climent, and the Vice-Rector of the Campus, New Technologies and Administration and Services Staff, Pablo Aibar, presented a computing application for mobile devices (app) in July, which will permit Medicine and Nursing students to carry out clinical practicals and to manage medical histories by means of digital tablets. This is a pioneering initiative as the UJI is the first Spanish university to set up a project with such characteristics.

The UJI has set up this project so that these students can use the “electronic medical history” in order to be able to integrate their learning within the treatment and evolution of NHS patients that moves towards personalised medicine. All the Medicine and Nursing degrees students who start their clinical practicals shall receive a tablet with this app installed so that they can have this electronic file to manage medical visits to patients, which they can save as medical histories they have created during their practicals throughout their degree. The managed medical histories reflect the medical reality of hospitals in the Valencian Community thanks to collaboration with healthcare experts in medical centres and in the teaching domain. The innovation of this project lies in the portability of the devices employed (a 7" tablet that fits into a doctor’s white coat) that provide complete data protection and safety of the application, also given the fact that the “practical” can be forwarded by email and/or bluetooth to teachers. To optimize the use of this new tool, students will be given technical and legal courses in order to guarantee proper data protection.

The first version of the Nursing degree application has been developed by the firm Actualmed, based at espaitec, in collaboration with the Vice-Dean of Nursing. The application for the Medicine degree practical has been developed by UJI’s computing sciences services with the collaboration of both neurosurgeon Luis González Bonet of the General Hospital of Castellón and the Vice-Dean of Medicine.

With this project, the UJI becomes the first pioneeering university in the healthcare and new technologies domain in Spain to set up such a project, which has already been done similarly in other universities abroad, such as those of California and Washington. Climent has thanked the firm’s collaboration that manufactured the tablet chosen for the clinical practicals in the Medicine degree, the firm Bq, and the economic collaboration of the Baviera Clinical Group because thanks to these collaborations, 50% of the cost of the tablets has been covered by external financing. Finally, Climent has stressed the UJI’s willingness to export the Project or to provide counselling to universities and health services which wish to implement it.