Thursday, July 22, 2004

Diagnosaurus Mac Beta

Unbound Medicine is recruiting Macintosh users to beta test the Macintosh version of Diagnosaurus, a McGraw-Hill Mobile Consult product. LINK

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Caregivers are Using PDAs to Save Time and Improve Care

While many may think that the idea of medical professionals using PDA's during the course of their routine day is far off, physicians are showing the industry otherwise. Seventy-two percent of physicians responding to a recent survey say hand-held computing devices are used at their primary treatment facility.


Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Surgical Content Comes Unbound

Unbound Medicine announced today the release of Unbound Surgery, the first all-digital resource of its kind which offers focused yet detailed answers to surgical questions encountered in clinical practice. Available for Palm OS and Pocket PC handheld devices and tightly integrated with a multimedia Web version, Unbound Surgery helps practitioners and trainees resolve surgical dilemmas wherever they arise.


Sony Closes New Clie Developer Support

Shortly after Sony announced they were going to suspend their conventional PDA business, they have now closed off the Clie Developer Support Site registration to new members.


Friday, July 09, 2004

PACS via Wi-Fi?

Many health care organizations have not enabled wireless access to their PACS systems because they believe the screen size of most mobile hardware would impede physicians from viewing an entire image. However, emergency department physicians at San Antonio Community Hospital, who need access to the PACS application only for reference--not diagnosis--are benefiting from wireless access.


Wednesday, July 07, 2004

PDAs in Medical Education

Technology offers medical education enormous opportunity. Specifically, the PDA has become an extremely valuable tool for the medical student attempting to master an immense body of knowledge in the setting of a hectic clinic or ward. Yet many students know little about software or hardware for their PDAs or don't know where to start when beginning a search to purchase a PDA. This Medical Education coordinator hopes to better inform his peers by conducting a survey to see which schools are using PDAs, updating students on the essentials of hardware and software, and promoting the AMSA pdaMD package as a potential fundraiser for local chapters.


Hospital Opts for PDA-Bar Code Combo

Central Michigan Community Hospital, Mt. Pleasant, will use PDA-based bar coding technology to enhance patient safety. They will use the vendor's wCareMed software which offers medication administration, allergy warnings and safety alerts; the ability to verify and label lab specimens,to record vital signs and other patient care information, to present a consolidated view of patient data, and to enable point-of-care billing for supplies and inventory control. Caregivers use PDAs loaded with the applications to scan a bar coded specimen or patient wristband.


Florida Hospitals go Wireless

Bayfront Health System, St. Petersburg, Fla., will deploy mobile software that will enable its physicians to wirelessly access clinical data from its hospital information system, from Cerner Corp., Kansas City, MO.

Web Logs Offer Viewers a Rare Glimpse Into the World of Medicine

What if you could read the private journals of doctors, nurses, and other hospital workers, complete with confessions of medical mistakes, anecdotes about difficult patients, or irate missives about administrators?


AT&T Joins Palm Powered Mobile World Program

PalmSource has announced that AT&T Wireless has joined the Palm Powered Mobile World program, connecting mobile operators, application developers and users of Palm Powered smart mobile devices in the Palm Powered Economy.


Three More Technologies That Could Profoundly Change Mobile Devices

Solar powered handhelds, flexible display screens that roll up into a device the size of a pen, transmitting power and data through the human body; sound like something out of a futuristic movie? Nope, it's the future of our mobile devices.


Friday, July 02, 2004

Brighthand Reviews the SanDisk Wi-Fi SD Card for the Zire 71

The long wait is finally over... at least for users of the palmOne Zire 71. Other Palm OS users will have to keep waiting for Wi-Fi cards that are compatible with their devices. Brighthand reviews the new SanDisk card from it's hardware and software, to it's performance and battery life.

Wi-Fi Badges Make it Easier for Clinicians to Connect

Clinicians at El Camino Hospital, Mountain View, Calif., are using wireless voice badges to better communicate with other hospital employees. Clinicians fully support the new technology and have reduced the amount of paging they do to initiate communication with other staff members.