Handhelds for Doctors
- By: Andrew Harrison
For the first year after buying a Handspring handheld computer, I never used it and thought that I had wasted my money. However, when I started as a surgical house officer it became a useful tool, allowing me to dispense with paper patient lists and avoid the tedious task of continually having to print up to date versions. Conveniently it also holds my hospital telephone numbers.
At first I tried using a specialised medical program, “Patient Keeper.” However, I soon decided that it was too complicated for my purposes and switched to using the basic “Memo Pad” program that comes with all Palm-type handhelds.
Learning the special way to draw letters was much easier than I expected. But annoyingly I do have to keep spare batteries in my locker for times when I get the message “insert new batteries immediately to avoid losing your data.” Another frustration as I write