Handhelds in Medicine: A Practical Guide for Clinicians

Paperback | November 19, 2004

EditorScott M. Strayer, Peter L. Reynolds, Mark H. Ebell

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Have you ever wanted to calculate the predicted peak flow for one of your asthmatic patients without spending valuable minutes searching for that confounded little slide rule gizmo? Wouldn't it be great if you could somehow remember all Mrs. Jones' medications when the nursing home calls to see if it's OK to treat her acutely elevated blood pressure with some atenolol? Handheld computers are emerging as the stethoscopes of the twenty-first century, and no clinician should be without this essential tool. These small, easy-to-use devices are now powerful enough to help clinicians manage information and make medical decisions at the point of care. This comprehensive how-to guide targets all levels of handheld computer users, from novices to experts, and demonstrates how to make the most of handheld computers in any medical practice. Designed with easy-to-understand, hands-on exercises for each new skill presented, this book begins with choosing a handheld and "getting to know" your new device. It then progresses through downloading and installing software, using charge capture and e-prescription programs, Internet and evidence-based resources for your device, designing and programming your own programs, and going wireless. Written by three experienced family medicine clinicians, Handhelds in Medicine is designed to improve every day practice for any busy health professional. There are chapters written for and by nearly every health professional, including nurses, physician assistants and speech pathologists. Reviews of handheld devices and websites will be kept current at www.handheldsinmedicine.com

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Have you ever wanted to calculate the predicted peak flow for one of your asthmatic patients without spending valuable minutes searching for that confounded little slide rule gizmo? Wouldn't it be great if you could somehow remember all Mrs. Jones' medications when the nursing home calls to see if it's OK to treat her acutely elevated ...

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Handheld computers are emerging as the stethoscopes of the twenty-first century, and no clinician should be without!  These small, easy-to-use devices are now powerful enough to help clinicians manage information and make medical decisions at the point of care.  Here, Drs. Stayer, Reynolds and Ebell, practicing physicians and nationall...

Scott M. Strayer, MD, MPH, is Assistant Professor of Family Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville, Virginia. Peter L. Reynolds, MD, is formerly Assitant Professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri.  D...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:488 pages, 10 × 7.01 × 0.27 inPublished:November 19, 2004Publisher:Springer New YorkLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefaceSection I. Getting to Know Your Handheld ComputerChapter 1. Choosing a handheld computera. Palm OSb. Pocket PCc. Handheld PCChapter 2. Getting to know your new handheld - Palms and Pocket PCs a. Entering informationb. Built-in softwarec. Connecting and synchronizingd. Beam me up, Scotty! Communicating with other handheldsChapter 3. Downloading and installing new softwarea. Palm OSb. Pocket PCSection II.   Medical SoftwareChapter 4. Where to find medical software - Overview of websitesChapter 5. Patient RecordsChapter 6. Medical Calculators - Crunching numbers made easyChapter 7. Medical References - Information at your fingertipsChapter 8. Charge Capture - Getting paid for what you doChapter 9. Prescribing - Reducing medical errorsChapter 10. Adapting standard software for medical useChapter 11. Software for NursingChapter 12. Software for other health professionalsChapter 13. EBM and HandheldsSection III.  Advanced Topics Chapter 14. Connecting to wired and wireless networksChapter 15. Programmable Calculators Chapter 16. Database Programming (i.e. HanDBase, Pendragon)Chapter 17. Creating your own programsa. Appforgeb. Codewarriorc. NSB BasicChapter 18. WAN/Server Usea. Hot Sync Server (XTND Connect)b. Procedures Trackingc. Curriculumd. Schedulese. Phone NumbersChapter 19. Teaching others to use handheld computersa. Palm Emulatorb. PocketPC emulatorsc. ELMO units

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From the reviews:"The editors have organized 20 chapters . into a worthwhile text on handheld computer use in medicine. . Key points, explicit hands-on exercises, and abundant screen shots are particularly strong features. . Any health care professional (doctor, nurse, student) with patient care responsibilities . will appreciate this informative resource." (Thomas G. McLeod, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Vol. 80 (6), June, 2005)