:: MIMS on PDA for Windows Mobile
5 devices (December 2005)
MIMS on PDA is now available on Windows Mobile 5 devices. Download your copy by clicking "MIMS on PDA" on the side menu
:: Launch of MIMS PILs (October 2005)
Patient Information Leaflets
When it comes to patient education, less is definitely more. MIMS PILs provides
you with 400 concise non-brand patient information leaflets on common Australian
and New Zealand medicines.
The PILs Sheets are designed for use as a handout after patient counselling
and can be understood by most people. They are developed following research
by hospital pharmacists, and feedback from patients, and are designed to answer
questions most frequently asked by patients about their medication.
:: It's time for a bit of a laugh
Here at MIMS we know that winter for hospital
health professionals can be a pretty grim time of year. A
perfect time therefore to launch our new MIMS Moments marketing
campaign, aimed at poking a little gentle fun at ourselves,
our users and life in New Zealand. With a series of saucy
images and provocative comments, this is advertising for a
medicines resource like you have never seen before! It is
rolling out from the beginning of June in Pharmacy Today and
New Zealand Doctor newspapers, as well as the MIMS New Ethicals
:: MIMS on Pocket PC (May 2005)
Users of MIMS on Pocket PC can now access
their local DHB medicines list. Click on the "Pack"
tab to access this information. The formulary is included
as an abbreviation in green text (for a list of MIMS abbreviations
consult the front of the MIMS New Ethicals catalogue). The
MIMS New Ethicals book will be delivered towards the end of
User training in two different DHBs indicate
that there is low awareness of the blue formulary (PML) flags
in this resource. You can help to address this by ensuring
that key medical and nursing staff have been made aware of
this information, as well as ringing Paul or myself to organise
a MIMS user-training day soon.
:: MIMS Patient Information Leaflets
MIMS and the team at the Department of
Pharmacy and Pharmacology at Canterbury District Health Board
are putting the finishing touches on the new MIMS Patient
Information Leaflets. This resource will include 440 one-page
generic medicine leaflets. Suitable for printing out in a
busy hospital ward, the leaflets can be used to enhance patient
counselling by the pharmacist, nurse or doctor. The entire
resource has been recently reviewed and will be continually
maintained by the writers at Canterbury in a new content management
system built by the MIMS team. MIMS will sell and provide
user support and training for the product in New Zealand.
Please contact me if you are interested in undertaking a free
trial of this product when it is released.
:: MIMS Training (May 2005)
Dates are fast being booked for MIMS training.
The first three training days at Invercargill, Dunedin and
Whangarei were very successful, with at least 80 clinicians
attending throughout the day. The training focuses on the
basics: how to find and use MIMS Online; how to make the most
of MIMS New Ethicals; and how to access MIMS on PDA. It is
also an opportunity for those who are more sophisticated PDA
users to explore the option of moving to a phone/PDA or to
using MIMS in clinical management software.
:: MIMS staff - the league of nations
The MIMS NZ editorial team has welcomed
another pharmacist/editor Erica Morgan from Canada, who joins
Valerie Hoa (from Singapore) and Elizabeth Donohoo (who is
Australian). We are also lucky to have Bryan Tan from Singapore
(originally) and Helen Gealy from Wales working on the MIMS
SafeAlert interaction databases. Jim, our user support extraordinaire,
arrived in NZ from Taiwan as a nine year old, and completed
a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Auckland.
The MIMS Australian team also welcomes another gobal traveller
to their team. Anna McElerney, from England, is the new deputy
editor. Anna has worked in Auckland for the past four years
as both a pharmacist and medical writer. She has also completed
a Diploma in Public Health at Auckland University.
:: Section 29 stuff (Feb 2005)
MIMS hospital users will remembers that
MOH asked us to remove the Section 29 medicines from MIMS
New Ethicals. Thank you to those who sent in comments on this
issue, which we collated and sent with our response to the
Ministry some months ago. We have removed the Section 29 information
from the book while we await their response to our communication.
This information is still available in the other MIMS channels.
:: MIMS New Ethicals books (Feb 2005)
You may have spotted that we have added
some therapeutic guidelines to MIMS New Ethicals. We have
also added some overviews to selected therapeutic classes
to assist prescribing (see page 21 of the Nov edition for
:: MIMS now owned by United Business
Media (Feb 2005)
MediMedia, the previous owners of MIMS,
is now UBM Medica, a wholly-owned subsidary of UBM, a British-based
publishing company whose stable of publications includes both
Pulse and Practitioner, leading titles for GPs in England.
The UBM website is www.unitedbusinessmedia.co.uk
UBM Medica owns medicine and decision support
databases, as well as electronic and print medicine reference
products throughout Europe and Asia, as well as in Australia
and New Zealand.