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06.06.06

  1. 1. Handheld computers for informationists Mohammad Al-Ubaydli, MD
  2. 2. Handheld computers for informationists ● Introductions ● Mobile computers ● Individual usage ● Team usage ● NIH issues – NIH HUG resources – Blackberry – offline vs online ● Q&A
  3. 3. What is a mobile computer? ● Ultramobile – Handheld computer – Smartphone ● Advantages – portable – battery life – always on – easy sharing ● Recommend Palm or Pocket PC
  4. 4. Why it is here to stay ● Handheld computers become smartphones, and every clinician is already carrying a phone – Aziz et al (PMID 16109177) gave smartphones to surgeons and improved responsiveness to nurses ● No charge left behind – Moulton et al (PMID 16385275) gave handheld computers to trauma surgeons and increases charge capture
  5. 5. Personal information ● Simple organizer software can make a big difference ● Teach the advantages of – synchronization with secretary’s PC – beaming to colleagues – the more they write the more they retrieve
  6. 6. Evidence-based medicine ● Most references are equivalent, so recommend the NIH-HUG resources – MD Consult: ● create a personal account then a POCKETConsult account ● mainly news but also drug reference – Facts and Comparisons ● AtoZ Drug Facts offline – Natural Standard ● evidence-based information about complementary and alternative therapies. – MICROMEDEX
  7. 7. Local knowledge ● Using local reference information is a big and important part of daily workflow ● Source: Word, PDF, HTML ● Read: RepliGo, Plucker ● Great teams beam great amounts
  8. 8. Blackberry devices ● HHS mandate but can get round this ● Great for communication and / or bureaucracy ● Limited clinical usage including clinical software, PDFs, web pages and beaming
  9. 9. Online vs offline ● WiFi is desirable but NIH CIT makes it too difficult ● Even when online, webpages are often ill-suited for small screens ● So offline is default workflow
  10. 10. Q&A ● Mohammad Al-Ubaydli me@mo.md ● Copies of the presentation are available at www.handheldsfordoctors.com

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