Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
UpToDate is a cd-rom for Windows or Macintosh that attempts to answer common clinical questions with rapidly accessed references. The questions answered are in the disciplines of cardiology, critical care, diabetes, hypertension, endocrinology, nephrology, and pulmonary medicine. In the future, there will also be expanded modules on gastroenterology, hematology, hepatology, infectious disease, neurology, oncology, pharmacology, primary care, and rheumatology.
The initializing program is easy to load and only takes 8 MB of hard drive space, but then you must use the CD-ROM for all functions; if you were to install all of the text and graphics, it would take up to 340 MB of free hard disk space. The CD driver recommended is 4× or better, but I was able to quickly access the information on my 2× CD driver. Also recommended is Windows 95, but UpToDate can run on Windows 3.1. A 486/25 CPU with 6 MB RAM is the minimum recommended but Pentium 75 with 8MB RAM or better is preferable. I tested the program on a Pentium 90 with 16 MB RAM running Windows 95 and had no difficulty with access or speed. The program has hot keys to access areas of the program more quickly.
Clinical QuestionsUpToDate in Nephrology and Hypertension, Endocrinology and Diabetes, Cardiovascular Medicine, Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care, Rheumatology. JAMA. 1999;281(1):89-90. doi:10.1001/jama.281.1.89-JBK0106-6-1