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CMAJ launches Android app as CMA focuses on mobile devices

Access to CMAJ's mobile app, which has been available for Apple devices since July 2012, has now been expanded to include Android devices.

The app can be downloaded free of charge by all CMA members and CMAJ subscribers. It enables users to browse articles as they are published, either as early release articles or as part of a regular journal issue. Users can also download articles for offline viewing, save favourites and use SmartTabs for efficient navigation.

CMAJ's Android app is available at www.cmaj.ca/cmajmobile.

CMA President Louis Hugo Francescutti said members expect the CMA to focus more on providing products that can be accessed by mobile devices. "This is what they want, simply because this is the way medicine is heading," he said. "Medicine's ubiquitous clinical tool is still the stethoscope, but the smartphone is catching up pretty fast.

"Physicians are going to see exactly how serious we are about this next year when the rebuilt - and revitalized - CMA website is unveiled. Mobile-enabled has been the operative term for much of the work we're doing on cma.ca."

Francescutti said the burgeoning use of smartphone and tablets in medical practice also explains why the CMA is already providing members with access to mobile apps and mobile versions of some of its resources other than CMAJ, including point-of-care tools such as DynaMed and StatRef, and medical texts.

All CMA mobile apps are available to members at www.cma.ca/theresanappforthat.

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