About the OCC Encyclopedia
Contributors: Michael Lipnick, MD
Date last updated: May 21, 2022
During the COVID19 pandemic, the number of online tools and references for healthcare workers skyrocketed. Despite the abundance of content being made available, frontline healthcare providers were often still scrambling to find what they wanted.
Some of the challenges we have observed include:
- Content not relevant to the local practice setting
- Content available as lengthy, dense pdfs
- Answers not discoverable via google search
- Content either too basic or too advanced their personal level of expertise
- Available via subscription or login based platforms
- Uncurated content
- Lack of integration between articles and other types of learning tools such as online courses, job aids, videos, illustrations and more
After working for the past two years to create and curate content from around the world while gathering feedback from frontline providers across all practice settings, we are working on new tools to make it easier to learn and teach. The new OCC Encyclopedia is a new tool to make it easier to quickly learn and stay current on the latest topics. We will be starting with respiratory care.
We are creating a new type of online reference tool. This is version 1.0, and it will allow users to easily search for a topic, then in real-time adjust the content to their desired level of detail and complexity (via the slider bar at the top left).
Topic articles will automatically integrate OCC images, resources and courses curated from around the web.
We hope to build v2.0 which will learn and predict what users want using advanced analytics and machine learning.
Click here for a Demo Topic (coming soon).
Manual Content Level Selection (v1.0)
This is version 1.0, and it will allow users to easily search for a topic, then in real-time adjust the content to their desired level of detail and complexity (via the slider bar at the top left). The content slider defaults to intermediate level content and allows users to choose more basic or ‘essential’ discussions of the chosen topic, or the user can choose a more ‘advanced’ version of the topic.
By using the slide, the user will see instant updates to text, images, figures, videos and more to match their desired level of review.
Content level slider
Each article page automatically integrates relevant assets from our media and resource libraries including courses, visual aids, videos and more. These assets are selected not only based on topic relevance but also the selected content level (i.e. ‘essential’ ‘intermediate’ or ‘advanced’).
Auto content level selection (v2.0)
We hope to build v2.0 of the site, which will learn and predict what users want using advanced analytics and machine learning. For example, when a user from a rural region of a particular country lands on a content page, the site will predict the most relevant content for that user. More on that soon!
Open Source Code
We have built the framework for v1.0 of the encyclopedia with integrated resource library, using WordPress. Upon request these tools can shared, rebranded and used for free online education by others. Reach out if you are interested!