News Release

Apple’s iPad Makes its Debut at The Cancer Institute of New Jersey

CINJ Adds iPads and NOOKs as Educational and Entertainment Tools in its Resource and Learning Center
March 1, 2011

New Brunswick, N.J.– To better serve patients and the greater community, The Cancer Institute of New Jersey’s (CINJ) Resource and Learning Center (RLC) is incorporating the Apple iPad and Barnes & Noble NOOK electronic reader into its information arsenal.   CINJ is a Center of Excellence of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

The RLC provides information on a variety of cancer topics, such as clinical trials; prevention; diagnosis and treatment; research; and nutrition through varied media, such as books, magazines, DVDs and CD ROMs. Now this information can also be accessed in a more portable manner, with the addition of the iPads and NOOKs

The iPads are loaded with books, music, and videos to provide reliable, relevant and current information about all aspects of cancer as well as for entertainment.  Users also will have access to games and the Internet for while they obtain their treatment.

“The addition of the iPads to our resources will allow me to better serve our patients by helping them to search for information that suits their personal needs. They can then read about it, watch it, or listen to it while taking notes and even send this information to their personal e-mail all from one easy-to-use centralized multi-media tool,” said CINJ’s medical librarian Janet Lasin, MLS, BS. “These devices especially enhance services for those who are less mobile by allowing for the library to come to them should they be unable to come to the Resource and Learning Center.”

The NOOKs contain books and magazines providing a quick divergence in the waiting room or hours of entertainment during treatment.  Many of the uploaded books are also available in hard copy in the RLC, allowing patients to check them out and take them home if they get hooked while reading it on the NOOK.

“It’s exciting to see these devices be so well received by patients of all ages,” she added.   “And now when nurses send patients up to the RLC with a ‘prescription for learning,’ instead of having the name of a book or an article on the script, sometimes the slip will simply say, ‘iPad’.”

The devices were purchased with support from Johnson & Johnson and the Karma Foundation.

The RLC, which welcomes both patients and members of the general public, is located on the second floor at CINJ and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additional information can be found at: www.cinj.org/rlc.

About The Cancer Institute of New Jersey

The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (www.cinj.org) is the state’s first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center dedicated to improving the detection, treatment and care of patients with cancer, and serving as an education resource for cancer prevention. CINJ’s physician-scientists engage in translational research, transforming their laboratory discoveries into clinical practice, quite literally bringing research to life.  To make a tax-deductible gift to support CINJ, call 732-235-8614 or visit www.cinjfoundation.org. CINJ is a Center of Excellence of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

The CINJ Network is comprised of hospitals throughout the state and provides the highest quality cancer care and rapid dissemination of important discoveries into the community. Flagship Hospital: Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. System Partner: Meridian Health (Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center, Riverview Medical Center, Southern Ocean Medical Center, and Bayshore Community Hospital). Major Clinical Research Affiliate Hospitals: Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Morristown Memorial Hospital, Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Overlook Hospital, and Cooper University Hospital. Affiliate Hospitals: CentraState Healthcare System, JFK Medical Center, Mountainside Hospital, Raritan Bay Medical Center, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton (CINJ Hamilton), Somerset Medical Center, The University Hospital/UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School*, and University Medical Center at Princeton. *Academic Affiliate

Contact: 
Michele Fisher
Phone: 
732-235-9872