Podcasts refer to audio and video files which are available via the internet. They differ from downloading and web streaming in how the listener/viewer can access the data. Podcasts combine the technology of web feeds (e.g. RSS) and applications (e.g. Podcatchers) to enable the user to access Health information in an automated, episodic manner. 


Benefits and advantages

  • Podcasts are useful for delivering episodic broadcasts of information
  • Podcasts can be posted on numerous sites through web feeds (such as RSS)
  • The user can listen or watch anytime
  • Podcasts are an accessible alternative to written information

Risks and disadvantages

  • Transcripts or subtitles would be needed for those with hearing difficulties