By Cynthia E. Keen, staff writer
    November 18, 2010

    Monday, November 29 | 12:15 p.m-12:45 p.m. | LL-INE-MO5A | Lakeside Learning Center
    An electronic case logbook -- software to document procedure logs -- will make its debut in a poster presentation by one of its developers, Monish Jatin Laxpati, MD.

    This database software application has been developed as an alternative to replace paper notebooks and spreadsheets used by residents and fellows to record the procedures they perform during training.

    The new software tool was originally designed for use by residents in the U.K. to increase efficiency in procedure logging and to offer a more functional digital format for acquiring this information. A version designed for use in the U.S. has been piloted by radiology residents at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles since June 2009.

    Compatible with both PC and Mac computer platforms, the electronic logbook has drop-down menus and auto-entered fields. Data can be imported and exported in several formats, including integration with RIS software. Its capabilities also include search and report generation. In addition to collecting and maintaining proper documentation, it also enables users to analyze strengths and deficiencies in training and can create customized reports.

    Initial feedback has been positive, according to co-author Rajesh Burgul, a consultant radiologist at the Stirling Royal Infirmary of NHS Forth Valley in the U.K. "One must, however, accept that there is a certain level of discipline required to accurately record data in any setting. Despite the ease of use of the system, it falls to the residents themselves to ensure that their records are accurate and up to date."

    Burgul told that the software will be made available free of charge. For residents who struggle with keeping their procedure logs updated, this could be a much-appreciated holiday gift.

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