Trial investigates using PDAs
Libraries at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust are conducting a trial of personal digital assistants (PDAs), more commonly known as “handhelds.”
The project aims to identify the impact that handhelds have on patient care by evaluating how useful healthcare professionals find their handheld computers to inform clinical decision making.
The trial began with 17 people (2 junior doctors, 4 consultants, 1 general practitioner, 4 nurses, 2 pharmacists, and 3 clinical librarians), who were each loaned a handheld to download clinical applications and evaluate their use on the wards and in other clinical settings.
Around the world, many doctors already use handhelds and many applications are available for almost all aspects of medicine, including radiology and cardiology. The only barrier doctors are facing is the memory; the average 16 MB memory card cannot hold all the useful software.
The project was set up and organised by Claire Honeybourne, library