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Healthcare Professionals: Search Less, Read More with RSS
By Charu G. Raheja, PhD – TriageLogic Chair and CEO
Wouldn’t it be nice to have access to all the latest health news, your favorite medical blogs and other Internet-based content that relates to your interests all in one place? RSS, or Really Simple Syndication, does just that.
Why should I use RSS?
If you regularly use the web to attain your news, RSS allows you to easily stay on top of the news by retrieving the newest information from only the websites that interest you. Instead of spending precious time separately visiting countless websites and scanning through headlines and topics that don’t pertain to you, RSS compiles topical content in one convenient location from across the web as soon as it is updated. This means less time spent searching for relevant health and medical news and more time spent on the things that matter. You also safeguard your privacy because you won’t have to input your email address as with signing up for each site’s newsletter.
How to begin with RSS
There are a few ways to go about retrieving RSS feeds. First, you can sign up for a feed-reader either on your phone or computer. Web-based feed-readers are offered such as Google Reader, MedicineNet.com, and My Yahoo!
Taking News with You
There are also feed readers you can download to various platforms such as your personal computer, laptop, smartphone or iPad. FeedReader is an great software for gathering feeds on your Windows computer, while Amphetadesk is widely used for Windows, Linux or Mac systems. Some applications are free, while some may cost a nominal one-time fee or monthly subscription.
There are numerous RSS reader apps for your iPhone, Android, iPad and other smartphone or tablet devices. According to Gizmodo.com, Reeder and Newsrack are among the best RSS reader apps for iOS products such as iPhone and iPad, while gReader and NewsRob are great for Android.
All of these readers have the same purpose, which is to compile news for you. Basic differences in each app lie in your preferences for attractiveness, speed, readability and usability. The best app will be the one you like best.
Finding RSS Feeds
Once you have a feed reader, you can begin adding news and blogs to your feeds. To do this, many news websites and blogs syndicate their content as an RSS feed. Most of the time, you can simply click on a topic from the site’s RSS page and follow the website’s instructions to link it to your feed of choice.
To find RSS pages useful to you, you might try entering a search phrase such as “healthcare RSS” or “nursing RSS” or any other term that is useful to you. The following RSS feeds are a good place to get started:
- Healthcare IT: http://www.healthcareitnews.com/rss/page
- Modern Healthcare: http://www.modernhealthcare.com/section/RSS
- USA.gov Health: http://www.usa.gov/Topics/Reference-Shelf/Libraries/RSS-Library/Health.shtml
- Reuters Health News: http://feeds.reuters.com/reuters/healthNews
- Kaiser Health News: http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/rss.aspx
Simply log in to your feed reader online, or start your software on your computer or portable device. Then, you are instantly able to see all your feeds, which include headlines and sometimes a summary of the article. You can also organize your feeds, set alerts for a feed update and more!
How do you access the news? Do you use RSS feeds or other methods? Share your experiences in the comment section, below. Also, please let me know if there is a topic that you would like to see covered in future posts.
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