One of the problems I’ve experienced since leaving pharmacy is keeping up with the medical literature. I no longer have unlimited access to pharmacy journals, medical journals, engineering journals, etc; not to mention less mainstream literature.
While looking at the table of contents from my favorite journals and reading through the abstracts has value, it falls short of providing the same level of information one gets from digging into an article, looking at the data, viewing the tables and graphs, etc.
In an attempt to improve my access to information I signed up for a service called MedInfoNow.
MedInfoNow touts itself as “A personalized weekly email that quickly summarizes the latest journal article abstracts and citations from Medline® important to you.”
MedInfoNow is easy to use. You simply select topics that interest you, the services searches through those topics, puts them into a simple summary and emails them to you once a week. The service provides obvious value by giving me access to several journals in a single location, but MedInfoNow definitely falls short of my expectations. I was already doing much of what the service provides via RSS feeds, Twitter and frequent visits to my favorite informational websites.
The one thing I really need is access to full-text articles. Unfortunately MedInfoNow doesn’t do that. While it does provide links to some full-text articles, those articles are freely available to anyone and don’t require a paid subscription to the journal or MedInfoNow. Bummer.
Is MedInfoNow worth the $129/year I’m paying? Hardly. My subscription expires in June 2012. I won’t be renewing.