Medicine in the palm of your hand
The IT revolution is here to stay. Are you prepared to jump on the bandwagon?
- By: Matthew D Gardiner, Nick de Pennington, Adekoyejo Odutola
You must have noticed them-personal digital assistants (PDA), palmtop computers, or hand–held computers, as they are alternatively known, are everywhere. In the past, devices such as psions, palms, and pocket personal computers (PPCs) were the expensive toys of business executives and computer buffs. They were bulky, slow, and a poor alternative to a filofax. The last few years have seen a revolution in technology. These devices are now more powerful than most PCs were five years ago, at a quarter of the price.
So why do you need one? After all there are computers on the ward and in the library, and as for gizmos, you probably still do not use most of the features of your mobile phone. Put simply, they have the potential to revolutionise your life and your medical practice.
The white paper Information for Health1 and its update2 describe the NHS's commitment to electronic health records