Handhelds in Medicine: A Practical Guide for Clinicians / Edition 1

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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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Editorial Reviews

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"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)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387403298
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 6/28/2010
  • Edition description: 2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 468
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

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. Dr. Reynolds is currently serving overseas with the U.S. Air Force in Geilenkirchen, Germany.

Mark H. Ebell, MD, MS, is Associate Professor in the Department of Family Practice at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.

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Table of Contents

Section I. Getting to Know Your Handheld Computer
Chapter 1. Choosing a handheld computer a. Palm OS
b. Pocket PC
c. Handheld PC
Chapter 2. Getting to know your new handheld - Palms and Pocket PCs a. Entering information b. Built-in software c. Connecting and synchronizing d. Beam me up, Scotty! Communicating with other handhelds
Chapter 3. Downloading and installing new software a. Palm OS
b. Pocket PC
Section II. Medical Software
Chapter 4. Where to find medical software - Overview of websites
Chapter 5. Patient Records
Chapter 6. Medical Calculators - Crunching numbers made easy
Chapter 7. Medical References - Information at your fingertips
Chapter 8. Charge Capture - Getting paid for what you do
Chapter 9. Prescribing - Reducing medical errors
Chapter 10. Adapting standard software for medical use
Chapter 11. Software for Nursing
Chapter 12. Software for other health professionals
Chapter 13. EBM and Handhelds
Section III. Advanced Topics
Chapter 14. Connecting to wired and wireless networks
Chapter 15. Programmable Calculators
Chapter 16. Database Programming (i.e. HanDBase, Pendragon)
Chapter 17. Creating your own programs a. Appforge b. Codewarrior c. NSB Basic
Chapter 18. WAN/Server Use a. Hot Sync Server (XTND Connect)
b. Procedures Tracking c. Curriculum d. Schedules e. Phone Numbers
Chapter 19. Teaching others to use handheld computers a. Palm Emulator b. PocketPC emulators c. ELMO units

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