The Palmdoc Chronicles

Sunday, February 29, 2004

Its monthly cycles, duh

Spotted in the comp.sys.palmtops.pilot newsgroup:

HERE I AM: Track menstrual cycle, fertile days and pregnancy calculator with hires pictures !

> Completely rewritten, Here I am ! 3.0 now offers:
> - Track your cycle every month

> I don't mean to disparage what may well be a great piece of software,
> but you'd probably interest a great deal more women if the trial was for
> a whole month, don't you think?

>You're right ... i'm going to update to 30 days full trial ...
>Thanks for the input !

Well, programmers are programmers LOL....

The Palmgear description still says "7 days trial" Fabrizio....
An Rx for Paper Cuts

Gosh, I didn't realise apart from saving on paper & reducing prescription errors, we are actually reducing paper cuts ;)

In this report from eWeek:
A major health insurance company is providing PCS and networked handheld computers to thousands of doctors, hoping to cut down on paperwork and prescription error.
Launched last month, WellPoint Health Networks Inc.'s $40 million program includes 19,000 physicians in California, Missouri, Georgia and Wisconsin. The majority belong to WellPoint's network through Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. An additional 170,000 doctors will be able to buy the equipment at a reduced rate, WellPoint officials said.
"Our goal is basically to improve the connectivity for the physician," said Ron Ponder, executive vice president and CIO at WellPoint, of Thousand Oaks, Calif. "We want to move them up in the electronic-connectivity world, and, most importantly, we want to improve patient safety."

You can read the whole article here.

I sure wish health insurance companies in my country would consider subsidising equipment & PDAs in particular!

Saturday, February 28, 2004

Unbound Mobilizes F.A. Davis Healthcare Resources

Unbound Medicine and F.A. Davis Company, a publisher of health professional texts and databases, are partnering to integrate F.A. Davis’s references with Unbound Medicine’s CogniQ platform.

According to the companies, via CogniQ, an integrated handheld, wireless and Web platform, F.A. Davis content will be delivered to the point of care, enabling physicians, nurses, and other health professionals to access the latest medical knowledge on their device of choice.

Judy Ilov Neely, Senior Vice President of F.A. Davis Company, said "Unbound’s award-winning knowledge management platform is ideal for our content because it allows health professionals to manage their professional knowledge wherever they choose – on personal digital assistants, wireless devices, or the Web.”

Product rollout began today with Davis's Drug Guide for Nurses, a resource that covers more than 5,000 medications, drug classes, and herbal preparations. Via CogniQ, drug updates are delivered to the PDA automatically on synchronization.

In the coming weeks, Unbound said it will launch Taber's Cyclopedia Medical Dictionary, a resource that covers more than 55,000 medical terms and provides up-to-date definitions, etymology, and pronunciations in areas of medicine, nursing, and alternative/complementary medicine.

Source: Palm Boulevard

Friday, February 27, 2004

PDA Benefits Realized Quickly

The bottomline is : If you are a doctor and you don't use a PDA, you don't know what you are missing!!

February 25, 2004 - Gibbsboro, N.J.-based Virtua Health didn't have to wait long to get results from its recent PDA pilot study. After only a month, a control group of 20 physicians saw enough benefits to using PDAs to access clinical information that the delivery system decided to offer the technology to all of its physicians beginning in March, said Vice President and CIO Linda Reed.

"Our physicians always say when we 'do something' to them, it slows them down," she said in an interview with Mobile Health Data and Health Data Management Feb. 25 at the 2004 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Conference & Exhibition. "So we wanted to give them a technology they could perceive as 'for' them, not 'to' them."

For the study, Virtua Health used software from Durham, N.C.-based MercuryMD Inc. to enable PDA access to clinical data such as patient lists, lab results, orders, radiology results, medication lists and demographics. It required physicians in the study to purchase their own PDAs.

Within a month, physicians were saving about 30 minutes a day using the PDAs to access the clinical data at the point of care, Reed said. Physicians currently are synching their PDAs to gather the data. Virtua Health will enable real-time access to the data from PDAs later this year after it completes implementation of an enterprisewide wireless local area network.

Source: MobileHealthData
Wireless Rounding with your PDA

Healthvision, Irving, Texas, has introduced software that enables physicians to conduct hospital rounds using a PDA and wireless network. The company made the announcement at the 2004 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's Exhibition & Conference in Orlando, Fla.
Mobile Inpatient Rounding retrieves updated patient information and clinical resources needed by physicians to complete their rounds.
Source: MobileHealthData

Its PeePeeSee only though :(

Thursday, February 26, 2004

PDAs Improve Doc Communication

An internal study by MedStar Health has revealed that PDAs can help physicians better communicate with other caregivers. The Columbia, Md.-based integrated delivery system has enabled its physicians to use PDAs for medical references since 1998. In 2000, the provider began testing physician PDA use on a more interactive level.

The delivery system's Good Samaritan Hospital was plagued with unpredictable information transferred among physicians at the end of shift changes. To bring clarity to the information and the process, the Baltimore-based facility began offering PDA-based sign out forms for caregivers to complete when they end their shifts. By the end of the study phase, most physicians concluded they preferred to complete and receive the new sign out forms, said John Hong, M.D., program director of internal medicine residency at MedStar Health. Further, the PDA-based surveys often were more complete than the previous written forms, he added.

"Our hand-held electronic sign out system clearly improved the quality of information exchange among physicians," Hong said Feb. 25 at the 2004 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, Fla. He led the "PDA Healthcare: The Whole World in Your Palm" educational session. "Physicians found the PDA application to be useful, though it required them to enter a lot of information, which led to a few transcribing errors."

MedStar Health has since co-developed an application to enable the automatic transfer of patient chart data from its electronic medical records system--from Malvern, Pa.-based Siemens Medical Solutions Health Services Corp.--to physicians' PDAs. This, in turn, has greatly reduced the amount of data entry physicians must perform.

"We wanted to make using PDAs as easy as possible for our physicians," Hong added.

Source: Mobile Health Data

Wednesday, February 25, 2004

ePocrates and MercuryMD Team Up

Mobile technology leaders ePocrates, Inc. and MercuryMD, Inc. announced today at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference and exhibition an agreement that enables the integration of MercuryMD's MData(R) Enterprise
System with ePocrates Rx(R) and ePocrates Rx Pro(TM) drug reference applications.

"By combining MData with the ePocrates drug reference and formulary applications, healthcare professionals can now launch into the ePocrates drug database directly from a patient's medication list, and access their hospital's unique drug formulary directly from their mobile device -- all while in the context of a specific patient," said Alan Ying, CEO of MercuryMD.
"This partnership will save healthcare professionals' valuable time by
eliminating the need to separately look up hospital-approved drugs and byreducing extra data entry."
Additionally, MercuryMD will promote the ePocrates Internet-based, fully integrated hospital clinical reference and formulary application, ePocrates Rx Online(TM) + AHFS(R) DI. This application -- developed in partnership with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) -- allows hospitals to integrate their formulary information with the user-friendly ePocrates Rx
Online(TM) application, and the authoritative drug reference AHFS Drug Information, resulting in a single, comprehensive database.
MercuryMD's mobile solution is deployed in over 40 U.S. hospital systems representing over 115 hospitals. The company's MData(R) Enterprise System integrates patient data from a hospital's existing information systems and securely delivers patient information -- such as census lists, demographics, laboratory results, diagnostic reports, medication lists, consults, and other transcribed reports -- directly to clinicians' handheld devices in an intuitive, easy-to-use format.
"Joining with MercuryMD furthers our focus on providing objective,
accurate, concise and relevant clinical reference information created
specifically for use at the point of care," said Andrew Burns, ePocrates vice president of health services. "With this collaboration, not only can hospitals manage their clinical workflow but also enhance the delivery of patient care.
Access to up-to-date drug information can improve patient safety by helping health care professionals avoid dangerous adverse drug events."
Over 350,000 physicians, pharmacists and other health care professionals currently subscribe to a version of ePocrates Rx(R). The ePocrates Rx Pro(TM) premium handheld drug reference application features over 3,000 conventional drug monographs, an alternative medicine database and interactions guide; the
built-in MultiCheck(R) function that allows the user to simultaneously check up to 30 drugs for interactions across both ethical and alternative medications; the ePocrates ID(R) infectious disease guide; clinical tables and guidelines; and the MedMath(TM) calculator with over 30 of the most commonly used medical equations.

Source: Silicon Valley Biz Ink

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Lipid Calc

Sylvain Aubry has released Lipid Calc 2003 v1.0, a freeware medical application.

Calculates lipids and metabolic syndrome.
Menu has screening, medication, waist measurement using Framingham and Canadian 2003 guidelines. SI units only.

Mobile HeathCare Solutions from palmOne

PalmInfoCenter has this story about palmOne teaming with Sprint "to develop mobile enterprise solutions targeted at healthcare organizations. The companies will leverage the Sprint Vision Network, and the Treo 600 to bring third-party applications to market solutions to mobilize healthcare processes, allowing healthcare providers to improve patient care, increase efficiencies and manage costs. "

While "Sprint can also provide solutions for the healthcare market including digital imaging and telemedicine capabilities", I'm curious as to how much one can do on that tiny 160x160 Treo600 screen!

Anoxic Brain Injury

Another freebie from Timothy Allen, Anoxic Brain Injury Prognosis v1.0 :
Designed for neurologists and medical students on their neurology rotation, this program calculates anoxic brain injury prognosis based on three algorithms.

Friday, February 20, 2004

WiFi Memory Stick

Not excatly a medic post, but this piece of news should be exciting for those holding a Sony PDA. The WiFi memory stick has made a comeback from vapourware status and has been recently released in Japan!!

Great Stuff. Check it out at

Thursday, February 19, 2004


Good day all! After a refreshing 3 months off medical school, I am back here in Melbourne. Alrite, here's the latest update to the medic sofware scene...

Echocardiography 1.1
This book gives you the echocardiographic values at the point of care. Besides, it offers tips on how to get the best views and where to make the adequate measurements. It is illustrated with sketches and real life pictures to facilitate the understanding of the procedure. New figures and table layouts with colors were designed for this update. The chapter on Systolic Heart Failure was enhanced with a section on TAPSE.

Wednesday, February 18, 2004


I'll be off to a conference in Hainan Island/China the next five days so there'll be a little posting hiatus. I'll be armed with my trusty T3 and Power2Go of course - I use this to take notes during presentations/lectures.
Hopefully there'll be Internet access but if not, I might post offline on Avantblog and upload the postings later.
MercuryMD Adds Clinical Apps

MercuryMD has released new mobile clinical applications. The Mobile Patient Management Suite is built to work with the vendor's MData mobile software to give physicians better access to patient data via PDAs.

The software is made for PDAs running the Windows Mobile or Palm OS operating systems. The Mobile Patient Management Suite includes:

-QuickCharge, an application designed to enable physicians to capture procedure and diagnosis codes on PDAs during a patient encounter. The software then transmits the codes to an organization's other information systems via a link with a secure Web portal.
-Mobile Dictation, an application enabling physicians to dictate patient notes on their PDAs.
-ActivOrders, an application designed to enable physicians to review active orders, confirm pending orders, reorder labs and electronically sign off on transcribed reports from their PDAs.
-SmartCare, an application for better identification of an organization's high-risk patients.
-MData Desktop, a Web-based extension of MData will help group practice physicians to access their hospitalized patients' data via Tablet PCs or desktop PCs.

Source: Mobile Health Data :

Tuesday, February 17, 2004

C-Spine v1.0

Timothy Allen, the author of Pneumocalc has also released C-Spine v1.0.
C-Spine helps you apply the Canadian C-Spine Rules to determine if a patient needs an x-ray for C-Spine Clearance.
Lke Pneumocalc, C-Spine 1.0 is also freeware, downloadable from, that great source of PalmOS freebies.
Pocket Medicine Offer

Ectopic Brain has this tip about getting free software from Pocket Medicine with a coupon code if you act before 5/15/2004.
Great tip Kent. Pity the fine print says valid only in the USA :(

Sunday, February 15, 2004


Pneumo Calc v1.1 by Timothy Allen has been updated - it's now PalmOS 5 compatible.

Pneumo Calc calculates community-aquired pneumonia mortality risk based on the Pneumonia Patient Outcomes Research Team Severity Index (NEJM 1997;336:243-50) and it's free.

Saturday, February 14, 2004

The case for PDA dictation has this article by Fred Clark, President of Audacity which makes a nifty high quality Dictation software. Audacity DVR runs on high end PDAs like the Tungsten and is superior to the Tungsten's builtin Voice recorder software as it can record in higher bit-rate and also allow you to resume and edit recorded files.

Fred says:
"Over 50% of doctors already use a PDA and the number is growing. In two years, the number is projected to be over 70%. Nearly 100% of doctors graduating from medical schools are users. Why wouldn’t these users want to dictate on their existing PDA rather than carry a second piece of hardware?"

Well Fred, I think the clincher is how fast the doctor can type. I have tried the dictation route and at the end of the day I still prefer to type out my letters myself as I am a pretty fast typist. Dictation is fine if you have got an efficient secretary (unfortunately my Secretary is my humble Tungsten T3 which still cannot do Voice recognition) who understands your mumbled recordings. I have also tested out voice recognition software to convert the digital recording to text - works pretty well but it's still a kludgy solution - you have to transfer the file over to your PC, run the conversion, correct the errors, reformat the document etc.
I prefer to carry the second piece of hardware, Fred. It's called a Palm Portable Keyboard and when folded up it's incredibly small and highly portable. But I see Fred's point. And for the 2 fingered typist, I think Audacity has a killer app.

Netter's Anatomy for PalmOS

Medical Wizards has finally released Netter's Anatomy flashcards for PalmOS. Previously the PPC version was available for download whereas the PalmOS version was "coming". Now you can download the PalmOS version as well. Kudos to Medical Wizards and thanks once again to BD for pointing it out.
Mobile Management

IQMax Inc. has released technology designed to help provider organizations mobilize their existing clinical applications. The IQEnterprise Mobile Platform is being offered to help larger organizations bring the deployment and management of mobile applications and technology in-house.

The vendor's IQEnterprise server enables them to administer the new mobile software, which features the same functions as the ASP model. The vendor will continue marketing its original application service provider model of the mobile software.

Charlotte, N.C.-based IQMax also offers clinical applications designed to operate on its mobile platform. Its IQSpeak dictation and IQCharge charge capture software can be used on PDAs running the Palm OS or Windows Mobile operating systems.

Source:Mobile Health Data

Friday, February 13, 2004

Practice Springs for Mobile Software

February 12, 2004 - HealthCare Partners, a Los Angeles-based group practice, is implementing mobile software from PatientKeeper Inc., Boston. The practice will use the software to give its nearly 1,000 physicians PDA-based access to clinical information systems at the various hospitals it serves.

HealthCare Partners serves 11 hospitals and 12 nursing home facilities in Southern California. The group practice chose the mobile software to help standardize how its physicians access data from all facilities.

Before using the software, physicians had to remember multiple passwords to access data on their patients from myriad information systems at the facilities. The mobile software is designed to give physicians access to clinical results, encounter capture, patient schedules and demographics from each information system via their PDA.

While inside one of the facilities, they can use PDAs running the Palm OS or Windows Mobile operating systems to access the data in real-time via that organization's wireless network. Physicians also can synch the information onto their PDA for off-site review.

Source: MobileHealthData

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

MedicTouch Launches MRN

San Jose, Calif. February 10, 2004 ? At the PalmSource? Developer Conference, MedicTouch today announced the release of the MRN (Medical Remote Network) for managing medical evacuations and managing the response teams at a disaster site.

The MedicTouch MRN system for Palm OS? was designed based on the specific lessons learned from the 9/11-terror attack. MedicTouch Founder and Medical Director, Dr Eran Schenker, attended the "Lessons Learned" session of the Pentagon disaster of 9/11, where the number one lesson was "Improve Communications" it's a matter of life and death. MedicTouch is taking some of the risk out of disaster events and providing a solid platform and application for managing the teams on the ground. We are providing a platform that assists the first responders in doing a better and more thorough job.

The Medical Remote Network (MRN) is a personal digital assistant based patient electronic medical record, and acts as a paperless, wireless, on-line system for managing medical evacuations, and transmission of medical data and patient status.

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Skyscape Comes to the Rescue of Emergency Medical Technicians

Skyscape(R) Inc, a leading provider of enterprise-wide mobile medical and nursing solutions, today announced the availability of six new PDA references for emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and other first responders from Pearson Prentice Hall and Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins. These titles are designed to provide information for emergency medical personnel in a wide variety of situations, including communicable disease treatment guidelines and terrorism response. Group licensing is available for HAZMAT/DMAT teams and homeland security personnel.

"EMTs are often the first trained medical personnel that people encounter in an emergency setting. They deal with a wide spectrum of cases typically under adverse conditions. It is essential they have access to the most up-to-date, portable diagnosis and treatment information at their fingertips, so they can determine and initiate the proper treatment," said RJ Mathew, vice president of marketing and business development, for Skyscape.

"While working in the critical care transport environment, I run across different situations all the time. I don't have the resources available to me in the helicopter," said William Cyr, RN/EMT-P with Boston MedFlight. "With Skyscape powered references for my PDA, I can quickly review relevant information and provide immediate treatment."

The new Skyscape-powered references, which are available today, are:

-- Communicable Diseases and Infection Control for EMS--The first text on communicable diseases and infection control designed specifically for the pre-hospital care provider, this handheld resource provides concise information on the full spectrum of bloodborne and airborne illnesses that may be encountered on the job--and details the personal protective measures that can be taken to avoid infection.

-- Pocket Reference for EMTs and Paramedics, 2nd Edition--This handy handheld reference provides easy access to the vital emergency information needed by pre-hospital personnel.

-- Pocket Emergency Medicine for PDA--Gives house staff and medical students instant access to the essential information they need for patient care in the emergency department via their PDA. Users can quickly search an alphabetical list of 57 chief complaints or a listing of head-to-toe traumatic injuries, pediatric emergencies, or environmental exposures and get succinct, bulleted information on history, typical findings, critical studies, and ED interventions.

-- Pocket Reference for the EMT-B and First Responder, 2nd Edition--A must-have for every EMT-B and First Responder. The handheld software is written specifically for EMT-Bs and First Responders and complements all Brady First Responder and EMT-Basic references and includes skills sequences taken from Brady's best-seller, Emergency Care Student Workbook 9/E.

-- Terrorism Response: Field Guide for Fire & EMS Organizations-- This handheld reference provides the basic information necessary for every emergency responder when combating terrorism. It includes information on chemical, biological, and radiological terrorism, explosives, cyber-terrorism as well as response procedures and decontamination. This reference pulls together the most useful government guidelines, recommendations, and protection requirements all in one place.

-- Weapons of Mass Destruction: Emergency Care--The only handheld text on this subject written by EMS providers for EMS providers, this is a comprehensive, up-to-date treatment of a rapidly emerging field.

References are available at Homeland security personnel and state HAZMAT and DMAT teams should contact Skyscape at for purchasing options.

"I find Skyscape products extremely useful in my role as a DMAT Unit Commander," states Churton Budd, RN, EMT-P, Unit Commander of The Toledo Area Disaster Medical Assistance Team.

Bringing the Power of smARTlink to First Responders

Skyscape's patented smARTlink(TM) technology enhances digital content and brings critical information to EMTs and other first responders in a context they can use--reducing the time needed to spend consulting information and adding value by enabling complex queries and access to the latest disease, drug and drug interaction information. The smARTlink functionality allows medical professionals to easily cross-index with other clinical and drug prescription products from Skyscape, especially concerning interactions between drugs for multiple conditions.

All Skyscape-powered references dynamically cross-index via the smARTlink functionality on the handheld. For example, if an EMT was en route to treat a trauma victim, she could quickly review treatment guidelines for neck injuries in Pocket Emergency Medicine. After reviewing the guidelines, the EMT can then, with a single click, check DrDrugs to determine the best drugs to treat specific traumas, based on the patient's indication of what other drugs they are taking.

Monday, February 09, 2004

Can Palm Pilots influence the decisions of emergency doctors?

This interesting article by Scott Foster tells of Dr. Ken Farion's ( an emergency physician at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario) attempts at doing so.
This is a blind study where he is using a Palm to record the symptoms of abdominal patients. He plugs in 13 variables, including the point of pain and patient temperature, after which the handheld device uses a clinical algorithm to make three prioritized options: the child needs a surgical consult for a probable appendicitis, the child needs further observation for a related problem, or the child has a benign problem that requires no further investigation.
The intent is to see whether these options -- all of which receive a score out of 100 and are presented to users in a bar graph format -- have the power to influence a doctor’s decisions and ultimately affect the patient’s healthcare experience for the better, Farion said.
After the algorithm receives further tweaking and validation, conductors of the study plan to "unmask" the Palm's findings this summer so those doctors who work with the group of 525 patient participants can see the handheld in action.

Do you use your PDA to help you with diagnostic decisions?


HealthTrax for PalmOS is a free health care and prevention guide that runs on your handheld device, giving you easy and timely access to care and prevention information. Using a straight-forward topic list, the information presented by HealthTrax is just a stylus-tap away!
Note: This is a KnowledgeWorx Flexpak, and REQUIRES HandiWorx

Source: Palm Boulevard

Sunday, February 08, 2004

RFID and PalmOS

If Digital Angel Corporation and Herd-Pro Software can come up with this ingenious solution for livestock tracking and management, I wonder if similar technology can be used in healthcare? All your healthcare info in an RFID chip easily scanneable by a PDA? Much better than the usual MedicAlert bracelet, not?

Saturday, February 07, 2004

Rcopia in the news

Mobile Health Data reports that New Bern, N.C.-based Atlantic Integrated Health, a regional network of 4,000 physicians, will offer its members electronic prescribing software at a discounted price.
The software runs on Web-connected or standalone PDAs and personal computers, with the majority of DrFirst's clients currently using PCs. The software offers medication history and formulary information--loaded onto PDAs or available via the Web--for patients covered under three major pharmacy benefit management firms under an alliance with St. Paul, Minn.-based RxHub LLC.
Rcopia supports the printing or faxing of prescriptions, or electronic transmission to pharmacies.

Friday, February 06, 2004

Eponyms update

Andrew Yee MD, has updated Eponyms to version 1.8

Eponyms is a great PalmOS freeware which lists over 1,480 medical eponyms, common and obscure, with descriptions.

Update Description:
v1.80 (2/2/04):
- Added over 20 eponyms since 1.70
- Increased support for navigation bar in Tungsten T3

Wednesday, February 04, 2004

Nursing knowledge is only a tap away

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins and Skyscape, Inc. announced the publication of an advanced array of pocket digital assistant (PDA) resources for use in nursing practice and education. In partnership with Skyscape, Inc., the leading provider of enterprise-wide mobile medical and nursing reference solutions, LWW will bring powered by Skyscape PDA references to both students and practicing nurses to access the facts they need instantly. These references cover the most critical topics--from National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX(R)) preparation to comprehensive drug administration and procedural guidance.

Some of the titles announced:
Nursing2004 Drug Handbook for PDA
Nursing2004 Herbal Medicine Handbook for PDA
Lippincott Manual of Nursing Practice: Procedures for PDA
English & Spanish Medical Words & Phrases, Third Edition, for PDA
Handbook of Diagnostic Tests, Third Edition, PDA
Lippincott`s 2004 Nursing Drug Guide for PDA
Nursing I.V. Drug Handbook, Eighth Edition, for PDA
and more...

Source: Collegiate Presswire
Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine

Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine is a collection of case studies documenting abnormality across all branches of medicine and surgery. This is a Tomeraider document converted from the original Gutenberg text. Idon't use Tomeraider (already have too many e-text readers loaded on my Palm!) so I guess I'll have to do the conversion myself to my favorite format- currently iSilo.

It's a pity Project Gutenberg doesn't allow a category search of it's collection of e-texts - I am sure there are some classics. A search for "Medicine" in the title shows up:

4 Record(s) Matching Your Query Found.

1. Anomalies And Curiosities Of Medicine
by Gould, George M. (George Milbrey)
Released: Dec 1996
2. Evolution Of Modern Medicine, The
by Osler, William
Released: Dec 1998
3. Bad Medicine
by Sheckley, Robert
Released: Oct 2005
4. Harvard Classics Volume 38, The -- Scientific Papers (Physiology, Medicine, Surgery, Geology)
by Various
Released: May 2004

Tuesday, February 03, 2004

Harrison's by Skyscape Harrison's has been released in the familiar Skyscape format.

Eminently readable, completely current, and dramatically revised, the new fifteenth edition of Harrison's Manual of Medicine raises the bar for internal medicine references. Harrison's continues to provide the most authoritative record of internal medicine as practiced by the leading experts in the field. And it gives you the one comprehensive database that covers the full spectrum of issues you need to know NOW.


Signs & Symptoms
Differential Diagnosis
Clinical Manifestations
Lab Findings
Concise Practice Guidelines
Handy charts, tables, and algorithms
Evidence-based summaries for significant conditions
such as heart failure

Hundreds of tables and images make the content jump It's perfect for students and clinicians on the wards, in clinics, emergency rooms, or teaching situations. When less is more, and time is short, turn to the Harrison's Manual of Medicine.
Corpus Christi Hospital Selects PatientKeeper

CHRISTUS Health, one of the ten largest Catholic-sponsored health systems in the country, has selected PatientKeeper as its mobile computing platform at CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi in Texas.

PatientKeeper provides mobile software that gives physicians and healthcare professionals wireless access to the hospital's MEDITECH patient information system through a portfolio of clinical results and charge capture applications on a PDA.

Source: Palm Boulevard

Avian flu info

Skyscape Inc. is giving clinicians free access to information that helps identify and treat Avian Influenza A, or "bird flu." The information is available for hand-held computers via the company's online CDC Spotlights "channel." Hudson, Mass.-based Skyscape is offering physicians and other caregivers the data as part of its free ARTbeat platform.

Because Avian influenza has spread to humans, clinical information can help medical professionals allay people's fears and gain a level of expertise. Additionally, CDC Spotlights enables interim infection control and exposure management guidance in the health care and community setting for patients with possible flu infections, company executives say.

CDC Spotlights incorporates content from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site to provide clinicians with the latest information on bird flu and other potentially rapidly-spreading diseases, such as SARS, West Nile virus and Lyme disease, along with potential bio-terrorism agents, such as anthrax and smallpox.

For more information on the Avian influenza data, visit

Source: Mobile healthdata

Monday, February 02, 2004


The first Pulse Oxymeter-PDA combo I came across was the Dolphin product for PPCs.
Now MedicTouch - Mobile Pulse Oximeter Device (mPOD)- claims to have come up with the world's first Palm OS SpO2 medical device. You can download the demo from
I tried looking up more details from Mdeictouch's website but there aren't any details I can glean about the Palm interface (if any) and I am not sure if this is indeed a device which runs on PalmOS.
PEPID Upgrade 5

Pepid is another popular portable medical reference for your Palm PDA.
Pepid is now into version 5. Existing users can update their packages for free.

PEPID 5 features:
-Airway Management and Cardiovascular Sections
-New, comprehensive, Neonatal/Pediatrics Resuscitation Section
-Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health
-Drug Pricing now included in Drug Information
-42 newly approved drugs and discovered interactions
-Streamlined download and installation conduit, version 5.0
-Drop-down menus added to all revised topics to improve navigation