My colleagues Michelle Morse and I have recently published a piece in JGIM dealing with point-of-care knowledge systems (like Uptodate or Dynamed, to name the two frequently used at BMC). The broad argument we make is that:
a) point of care systems have a measurable impact on clinical outcomes, and as clinicians we find them much more useful than textbooks or research papers
b) the ones presently available are expensive and are not ideally formatted for low-resource settings
c) a freely available version appropriate for other locations would be something that could have a widespread impact, but would be complicated to arrange
Read more at the link above, and please leave comments and thoughts – this is a broad project I’d love to refine over time!