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Medicine Gone Wireless
By Kate Shuman, Staff Writer
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  • Doctors are able to obtain quicker answers to questions by accessing medical information from multiple locations using their PDAs. They can also obtain drug information and submit prescriptions electronically to pharmacies for fulfillment.

  • Healthcare professionals can perform dictation and record-keeping tasks away from the office by using their PDAs.

  • Utilizing wireless cellular networks and a range of client devices, EMTs can transmit patient data to hospitals while en route in ambulances.

  • ER doctors can view patient information on an electronic white board delivered straight from back-end systems to their PDAs over wireless networks.

  • Through wireless networks, hospital staff can manage operating room schedules and access new patient information.

  • Healthcare workers in the field can access a full-range of patient and medical information using mobile client devices.

  • Participants in clinical trials can access protocols, drug data, checklists, and patient diaries from various locations via their mobile handheld devices.

While handheld devices are the present and future of medicine, it is actually the software being created and implemented which will ultimately provide the answers needed for the continued improvement and accuracy of healthcare. PDAs and WLANs are extending past the individual doctor and going out into communities across the country where mobile professionals will work collaboratively, transacting and referring important medical data back and forth amongst themselves. Computerized hardware and software have become the connective tissues linking technology to modern medicine, creating a medical revolution the likes of which havenít been seen since such rapid advancements were made during World Wars I and II. Other areas of medicine, such as business and administrative applications, are also improving because of technology with creations like Electronic Medical Records (EMR), Clinical and Drug References, Patient Management Systems (PMS), Patient Scheduling Systems, and e-Prescription writers. It is the hope of patient and practitioner alike that the revolutionary advancements will continue to give the medical professional the luxury of more time Ö more time to diagnose, more time to get to know the patient, more time to accurately treat people, and more time to practice the best medicine possible.

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