By Kate Shuman, Staff Writer
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
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.