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Access Medicine Updates
1. On 1/24/19, Access Medicine will be removing the Calculators from the Quick Reference tabs. The Calculators received minimal usage of 0.02% of traffic across all the Access sites, and are not WCAG compliant. Furthermore, they have some inherent clinical utility issues. Many of the calculators sought out by providers are not populated in our current list of offerings, while others on the sites are simply outdated. Clinicians typically utilize a point-of-care resource to quickly locate calculators when they need them, or they are automatically calculated for them at the point of care. Mercer used the calculators 105 times in all of 2017 and 31 times in all of 2018. Please pass this information along to the appropriate parties.

2. Now users have the ability to highlight notes with new functionality via Hypothes.is. Hypothes.is is an open source browser plug in that allows users to quickly annotate and highlight content on any website including ours! While this is a free tool for anyone to use anywhere on the internet, we save our users an extra step by embedding it on our sites for ease of use. Hypothes.is allows our users to collate any highlights or annotations they gather across our Access products, and gather them together with the variety of sources they use on a daily basis. Users will interact with Hypothes.is via a Hypothes.is account, not MyAccess. Users have the ability to create private or public annotations, as well as create private groups to share annotations with others (e.g. study groups). Highlighting always defaults to private. Because Hypothes.is is a browser based tool, it persists across multiple sessions. When a user leaves Access and then returns to that piece of content the Hypothesi.is tool reminds them of their notes.

A public annotation is visible to anyone, but the link back to the source content respects paywalls; that is the annotation is visible, including any highlighted text snippet, but any links back to the source content will be subject to paywall settings. Users can tag their annotations with key terms, allowing them to collate topics and refer back to those notes more easily.

Hypothes.is also integrates with common LMS (eg BB, Canvas) to allow for collaboration among faculty and students.

3. Readspeaker is now available for Access Medicine book content on the Access platform to help address the concern for effective accessibility on the Access sites. Readspeaker provides online text to speech, and is a web-based tool on our medical Access sites. The feature can be found on all our book chapter pages at the beginning of each chapter section. As the text is read aloud, the text is also highlighted for the user. Users can control settings of the reader such as volume, reading speed, pause the reading, and adjust the highlighting colors if they choose.

Note, the Readspeaker settings are saved by session, and are not permanently saved to the user via MyAccess. This feature sits behind the paywall, and is enabled on mobile. The addition of Readspeaker helps us continue progress toward greater Accessibility on the Access platform.
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