Saturday, August 1, 2009

Mobile Devices in Health Care: Smartphones and PDAs

Getting Started

The 1990s saw the birth of the handheld computing device. These were generally known as PDAs or Personal Digital Assistants. They began primarily as organizers for appointments, telephone numbers and short notes. More recently Smartphones have begun to support many of the functions of PDAs with the addition of telephone service, email, and web browsing. There are Blackberry operating system-based Smartphones, Palm operating system-based (Palm OS) PDAs and Smartphones, the iPhone and Microsoft-based Pocket PCs (Windows Mobile) made by HP, Dell and others.

The result is a much wider variety of devices to choose from requiring more research on the part of the consumer. Smartphones with PDA functions tend to be more expensive than PDAs. See the Reviews and Comparisons page for information on selecting hardware and software.

Many websites offer overviews of the world of handheld computing and tutorials on getting started with your machine : [snip]

Downloads at MUSC

The materials on this page are freely available for download to handheld computing devices. [snip]


Educational Sites

Medical libraries, medical schools, as well as groups and individuals, are sharing information on how they are using PDAs in health care: [snip]
Last Modified: July 20, 2009



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