|The Palmdoc Chronicles|
Saturday, April 30, 2005
Posted 9:37 AM by Palmdoc | |
Friday, April 29, 2005
Haemoncrules on a PPC? Well I haven't ported it over yet :P but if anyone wants to try, they can install StyleTap which claims to be able to run PalmOS applications on a Windows Mobile device..
Posted 1:47 PM by Palmdoc | |
Anesthesia Central, a collection of PDA, Web and Wireless apps for Anesthetists. Unbound bills this as "A premier collection of disease, drug, test, procedure, and literature information for anesthesiologists, critical care specialists, nurse anesthetists, and trainees. Includes access on PDA, Web & wireless devices via Unbound's award-winning platform!"
Posted 1:44 PM by Palmdoc | |
Thursday, April 28, 2005
Splinting Manual for PDA which is a free iSilo reference which makes full use of the graphics and text linking capabilities of iSilo
Posted 10:27 AM by Palmdoc | |
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Memoleaf being another way to organize your Palm Memos. Memos are a great way to keep Pearls, sinppets of info and are a great replacement for those Index cards (I sure hope Jim Zaslavsky is reading this!).
What if you are an owner of a Pocket PC? One of the worse things about Windows mobile is the horrible PIM organisation. Memos are stored as individual text files in My Documents and it is simply terrible if you try to use these "Notes" as your Peripheral Brain. You'll need a third party app and one that seems to be popular is Phatnotes which functions as a Notes replacement for Pocket PCs. If you get the Professional edition, then the nice thing is there is also Phatnotes for PalmOS. So if you are an owner of both a Palm and a PPC, you can keep your Notes/Memos synched easily between both devices. The setup will install a Phatnotes Desktop module (you can import Outlook Memos into the Phatnotes desktop) and this will sync with both the Palm and PPC. Neat!
Phatnotes on a PPC
Phatnotes on a Tungsten T3
Posted 8:53 PM by Palmdoc | |
Dx/Rx: Valvular Heart Disease
Dx/Rx: Coronary Thrombosis
are a couple of new titles from Skyscape that those in the cardiology field might want to check out....
Posted 7:19 PM by Palmdoc | |
Southbeach Diet Onhand
I just wish to remind Asian PDA users (or really anyone who fancies Asian food!) that a PalmOS standalone version of the Asian Food Calorie Counter is available (previously this was available only as a HanDbase or MobileDB database)
This freeware app created by my buddy Peter Soong, is available for free from the Files section if you join the KVPUG Yahoo group (again membership is free, and you are welcome even if you are not from the Klang Valley!)
Posted 9:20 AM by Palmdoc | |
Monday, April 25, 2005
You may want to check out EasyPulse v1.0:
Posted 7:04 PM by Palmdoc | |
Doctors and PDAs
I agree that PDAs are not everything and yes, they make alot of difference compared to the 45 pound books.
I just don't understand Jim's logic (or lack of it) though . Maybe it's just ignorance. You can store much more in that PDA than a whole stack of index cards and it'll be much faster looking up the info too, Jim!
Posted 4:56 PM by Palmdoc | |
Saturday, April 23, 2005
thread on this issue.
If you are a doctor with a Treo650, or considering getting one, it's worth a read - lots of real-life experiences here!
Posted 9:28 AM by Palmdoc | |
Friday, April 22, 2005
beta testers for their Sanford Guide 2005 - Palm and PPC versions.
Thanks to medPDA.net for the heads up.
Posted 12:55 PM by Palmdoc | |
Thursday, April 21, 2005
MIMS Pda and Mims Interact on their PDAs (Pocket PCs only for the time being)
The installation is rather rudimentary as you have to copy the Cab file over to your Pocket PC and then run the setup from there. This forces one to install to precious Ram and it would be better to have a proper setup and give users a choice to install onto built-in or SD/CF media. I'll be just reviewing the Product database.
(images stored in Flickr)
The splash screen prompts one to download the latest version before clicking to proceed. There is no apparent expiry date and it seems to be based on a 2004 database. As everything is stored in Ram, it eats up 2MB+ of resources.
The layout is quite nice, and the interface is tabbed - you can select to view by Brand, Generic name, Class, Manufacturer or Distributor
I find that useful as sometimes we can't quite recall the names and need to jog our memory on products from particular manufacturers or class of drugs.
The listing in this beta version is far from complete nor up-to-date as some "newer" drugs are not found.
I tried searching for less commonly used drugs like some monoclonals. This screen capture shows a search for Infliximab turning up a blank! Rituximab is also not listed. However, basiliximab can be found.
Individual drugs have more information laid out in a neat tabbed format for Indications, Dosages, Adverse reactions etc. There isn't any information on regional pricing.
You'll note the text is a little blurry. I'm afraid the application doesn't seems to support Cleartype fonts. But nevertheless it is clear enough to read though Cleartype support would be very welcome.
A promising start for MIMS Asia but much remains to be done.
At last a drug database for Asian doctors - very timely indeed since trade names here are often different
Neat design and layout, nice tabbed interface
Cleartype fonts not supported.
Out of date database - but then this is a demo. It remains to be seen how updates are done - hopefully automatically over Activesync and not manual reinstalls.
Rudimentary installation. Requires Cab installation. No option to install on Storage cards to save on Ram (important for Pocket PCs)
The most serious omission of all is the lack of a PalmOS version. PalmOS toting doctors still vastly outnumber Pocket PC users. If I am not mistaken, the developers of this product used Appforge since an Appforge booster module is included in the installation. It should not be difficult then to port a PalmOS version!
MIMS PDA Australia/NZ in contrast is a mature product and they have both Palm and Pocket PC versions. MIMS Asia should take a cue from their Australian counterparts and follow their excellent example on dual platform support.
Posted 8:01 PM by Palmdoc | |
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
For more information, go to lexi.com.
Posted 11:26 AM by Palmdoc | |
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
Radiology Review Manual 5th Ed. is now available from Skyscape
Posted 9:22 AM by Palmdoc | |
Sunday, April 17, 2005
Thanks for writing Evelyn. Yes, I have observed the lag you describe on the T5. It's even slower than Skyscape applications on a PPC and that's saying something! Skyscape applications definitely work faster on a T3 and indeed even a TT.
I think the problem lies in some memory optimisation issues which only Skyscape can solve. So, perhaps the best way is to write to Skyscape and provide feedback. Hopefully someone from Skyscape is reading this too (I notice some of my previous Skyscape posts have appeared there, eg this one and this one)
Posted 7:57 AM by Palmdoc | |
Harrison's Manual of Medicine 16th Ed
Posted 7:30 AM by Palmdoc | |
Saturday, April 16, 2005
Handango Champion Award 2005 Finalists have been announced.
I notice two medical applications in the Best Industry Application category:
- Davis Drug Guide (Unbound Medicine) and
- BluefishRx Prescription Writer
Posted 5:21 PM by Palmdoc | |
Friday, April 15, 2005
TE2 has been launched.
Palminfocentre has also this story about invivodata First to Deploy the Tungsten E2 in Clinical Trials
Well, for ease of use and best bang for the buck I guess it is a good choice.
It seems the rumored Lifedrive may now be called the Tungsten X and may be announced mid-May. This particular model may interest medical professionals more because it is dual wireless and has a huge internal storage - 4 GB. The only downside I can think is the thickness. I sure hope it isn't as thick as 2 T5s!
Posted 9:45 AM by Palmdoc | |
Harrison's Manual of Medicine, 16th edition. I think it's a good deal that for one price (US$59.95) you get not only the PDA version but Web & Wireless access for a year as well.
Posted 7:02 AM by Palmdoc | |
The weather in Sydney was beautiful but my main grouse is the lack of free wifi, even in places like Gloria Jeans or Starbucks. Yes Optus charges a minimum AUD$13.20 for one hour of Wifi. Ridiculous.
Christopher P. sent in a request for a Gmail invite - well have sent it to you, Christopher. I've got plenty left over so if anyone wants one, do email me. Just say something nice about this blog or better still share your PDA Medical computing experiences. I'd be particularly interested in those of you out there who have switched from one platform to another e.g. PPC to PalmOS or vice versa.
Posted 6:21 AM by Palmdoc | |
Thursday, April 07, 2005
MobileCME program. Now you can earn CME points on your PDA even if you are waiting in the hsopital cafetaria. Earning CME points while you are in the loo is not recommended since if you lose your stylus in the bowl, or worse still your PDA, you can kiss it goodbye...
Posted 10:43 AM by Palmdoc | |
Wednesday, April 06, 2005
Just the Facts in Emergency Medicine by the American College of Emergency Physicians and McGraw-Hill Publishing, for Palm and Pocket PC devices.
Posted 7:16 PM by Palmdoc | |
Sunday, April 03, 2005
MedPDA.net this morning. We chatted over Skype (free Voice Over Internet Protocol- VOIP - software) and the audio quality was superb with me using my notebook on Wifi and home broadband. I have tested Pocket Skype on my Dell Axim x50v and the audio is pretty good too. The Dell can pair with my Step 1150 Bluetooth headset so it becomes in effect like an Internet phone.
If you haven't tried VOIP then you must. Skype is fast catching on and is very easy to use. The other "standard" is SIP which I have also tried but I found that a litte more complicated.
Skype has a "SkypeOut" paid service whereby you can call normal phones for a very cheap rate. I now have absolutely no qualms making phone calls even for work purposes to medical centres overseas (for me that means US, Canada, UK and Australia, Singapore and the rest of Asia) - it's really cheap.
Palm users have been clamoring (me amongst them) for a PalmOS version of Skype but unfortunately Skype doesn't look like supporting this platform anytime soon. This was one of the reasons I got a PPC - to run Pocket Skype and a couple of other software not available for the Palm.
Posted 11:51 AM by Palmdoc | |
Saturday, April 02, 2005
Thanks for sending in feedback. I know you asked me not to post your letter but your questions are NOT silly and in fact it's a real dilemma for medical students and doctors today - the question being "which PDA should I get - a Palm or a PPC?"
I have thus posted your queries but kept your name/email anonymous - hope that's agreeable with you ;)
I think you have approached this the right way : identify what you want to use the PDA for. The second point is to have actually hands-on exeprience with one and find which interface suits you.
Personally I find for PIM (Personal Information Management - calendar, contacts, tasks, memos), Palm is superior to PPC mainly because of the speed and simplicity of PalmOS. Learning Graffiti is not difficult and with a little practice it should be second nature to you (and may in fact influence your handwriting!!) However it may be that one would prefer the familiarity of Windows and the "Start" button over the simpler Palm interface. Palm gets the work going with fewer taps and often with one-handed ease of use. Both platforms benefit from third party PIM replacements and for Palm my vote goes to Agendus and for PPC you can choose between Agenda Fusion and Pocket Informant. I find that about 60-70% of my PDA usage comprises PIM activity and I'll bet you'll find that too.
For medical references, I think you can nowadays find PPC equivalents for most PalmOS medical software. The notable exceptions are Medcalc and Haemoncrules ;) For PPC, I think the best medical calculator I can find is the free Archimedes from Skyscape.
Anyway most of the commercial medical publishers like Skyscape have both Palm and PPC versions of their products.
I think iSilo is an essntial ebook reader for medical users since there are many Medical references out there in iSilo format. With iSiloX you can even convert your own from any HTML source eg a webpage. While you can run iSilo in free mode, it's worth every penny the registration for this excellent shareware. Try the Medical Isilo Depot for a large listing of free and no-so-free iSilo references.
For Adobe files, the best reader is Repligo for both Palm and PPC platforms. The free Adobe Palm and PPC versions are not as good but at least they are free for you to try. They all require conversion as there is no native PDF reader.
As an owner of both Palm PDAs (I have a Tungsten T3 and a T5) and a PPC ( I lately acquired a Dell Axim x50v and am coming to grips with PPCs - just for fun and knowledge mind you ;) )I must say while the Palms excel for daily PIM work and are more than adequate for keeping your notes and medical references, the PPCs excel in Entertainment, Multimedia and have the added advantage of builtin in Wifi in many of their models. However for listening to MP3s, Palms come with Realplayer, and you can get excellent MP3 players like Pockettunes which can match the PPCs. Videoplaying is only so-so and MMPlayer for the Palm is not as good as say, Betaplayer for the PPC. However as a busy Houseman you won't be having much time to watch videos!!
Lastly, you can blog from both a Palm and a PPC - there is Hblogger for Palm. For PPC there is Pocket Blogger. Both platforms can also Blog via Avantgo by using the PocketLJ channel or Avantblog channel. Depends on what Blog you are using.
Hope this anwers most of your questions and congratulations once again on passing your finals. Welcome to the hardships of housemanship. Have you read "House of God" yet? Great stuff.
Posted 3:49 PM by Palmdoc | |