Looking To Buy A Pda

  1. I've posted this on the infomatics board but am looking for more feedback.

    I've been offered a beta test of medical reference for PDAs by a major publisher. I'd love to work with them on it, but I need to aquire an actual PDA first.

    Which unit are nurses ACTUALLY using? I know the Palm units have the major market share, but I read good things about the Handera units.

    Any advice on brand, megs, memory, speed, price, etc. from actual working nurses using these things everyday would be appreciated.

    Thankx

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  3. by   bassbird
    I don't have any experience with the Palm's, but I do have a Handera TRGpro. I bought it because of the non-propriety memory. In other words, you can use a standard Compact flash card with it. I use a 32MB card with mine. I keep my programs on the card and can access them directly. The programs I currently have on it are: Tabers medical dictionary, 5 min clinical consultant, epocrates, Davis Drug guide for nurses and I-facts.

    I'm not sure about all of the handhelds (Palm, Sony, Visor, etc), but I know on some you have to use their memory sticks and you can't actually access programs from the card (stick), but must load it into the main memory each time you wish to use a program.

    I am a nursing student at the moment but use mine a lot. Both at clinicals, while studying and at school. I think they are a great tool!

    If you have any more questions feel free to email me.

    -Roberta
  4. by   rachaelm4
    I'm looking at a possible pda purchase, but I'm not quite sure which one that I should buy? Does anyone have any opinion on these pda's? What brand, color or no color, how much memory, and where to find software? Thanks for any help
  5. by   TracyB,RN
    I got a Handspring Visor Neo pda for Christmas.
    It's about the size of a calculator, have no idea how much memory it has, but it was 200 bux. I love it. Stores phone #'s etc, has a to do list, calendar, daily journal, calculator plus much more
    There are many sites on the web that you can download programs. One site is called ePocrates.com that you can download drug info & store it in your handheld. You can also use the cradle that comes with it, plug into your computer, & type your calendar info & transfer it to the handheld. It saves some time doing it that way.

    The company has a website www.handspring.com.
    It was started by a group of the original PALM PILOT designers & all of handspring products are compatible with PALM software.
    Hope this helps you a bit
  6. by   delirium
    I have exactly the same PDA, a handspring visor neo.
    It has 8 MB of memory but is expandable with springboard modules. You can also get different modules to enable you to record yourself and play them back (mental note to self kind of stuff), turn it into a digital camera, check email and surf the web with a modem, etc.
    I have a lot of programs on mine, from Epocrates to an ABG decoder to an electrolyte program, and more. Its immensely useful in keeping me organized and is portable and pretty sharp looking.
    And like the previous poster mentioned, you can synchronize data between your desktop and your handheld, so you'll always have a backup, and always be up to date.
    I'd recommend something with at least 8 MB, expandability, and the features to do what you want it to do.
    Think about it, look around, and go with what will suit your needs.
  7. by   Brian
    I have had a Palm Powered Cell phone for about 5 months now and I totally love it. It wasnt cheap (around $400 now) But I needed a new cell phone anyways, so I thought I would get a combo unit, instead of having to lug both around. It is a Kyocera smartphone (http://www.kyocera-wireless.com/kysm...art_series.htm)

    I have found http://palm.net/ to be a pretty good resource for all kinds of things palm related

    Cnet is always a good resource for reviews and info as well:
    http://cnet.search.com/search?timeou...ch.cnet&q=palm

    Hope this helps.
  8. by   rachaelm4
    Thanks for all the good info. I'm going to check the sites you recommended. Husband wanted to buy me something useful for when I start nursing school. I hope this is a wise investment..
  9. by   Katana
    I have a Sony Clie' 610. High resolution color screen. $399 and worth every penny of it. 8 meg internal memory and a 64 meg Memory Stick.

    I have several medical programs loaded on it that I use: 5 Minute Clinical Consult, 5 Minute Emergency Consult, 5 Minute Pediatric Consult, an ekg program, medimath, Tabors and ePocratese.

    There are so many other medical programs but they are expensive.

    Yes, I have games. and I use the notepad portion and the calculator. I even have two full length books loaded. Regular novels for enjoyment.

    At work, it's in my pocket... and goes everywhere else in my purse on my days off as I use it all the time.

    Kat
  10. by   Marijke
    I would advise against the Handspring Visor, especially since you will not be able to ugrade its operating system (Palm OS). There is also a problem with their customer support, they now make you pay for the use of it ($20.00 I believe).
    I myself have a Palm V, love it, the only problem is the lack of memory. If I would be bying one at this point I would either buy the Palm m505 or the Sony Clio (Cleo?). They both have an internal battery (very nice) and a lot of memory and memory cards. The Palm is nice because there are more and more memory cards with programs on them available.
    Whatever you do make sure you get a protective case for it, replacing the screen is very expensive, and get the protective film you can stick on the screen (looks a bit like an opsite) to protect your screen from scratches.
  11. by   sgavette
    I have a Handspring Visor Deluxe which I purchased directly from Handspring. They are currently $129. I purchased a reconditioned one since I didn't know exactly how I would like it. I have to say that I really love it and use it a lot. I have so many things on it and still have about half of the 8 mb of memory left.

    Sharon
  12. by   Agnus
    I hear that a palm pilot can be used to download reference info. Like drug references, critical care quick reference info etc.

    Have you used one? What can you do with it? How vaulable do you find it? How often do you use it? What should I look for in buying one? Where can I get the down loads? Is ther a modle you recomend?

    It seems like one might be more useful and userfriendly than books at work. It seems like it would be faster to use. Am I right?
  13. by   LSRN
    I use mine often at work. I work in pediatrics. Aside from the obivous calendar and address book, I have downloaded a childhood disease reference and a program called KID-O-Meter which is a great peds reference. I have a Palm VX. Its one of the slimmest models, fits right in my pocket. It has a calculator which I also use. You can download from the palm website or CNET.com, or just use a search engine. They aren't very expensive and most let you try it out for 30 days before you purchase. My hospital is about to start computer documenting and we will be using palms to document vitals, I&O, medication administration and daily assessments, I can't wait. I don't know how I ever lived without it. You can check out palmrn.com for other uses.
  14. by   Marynurse
    I have downloaded ePocrates,a FREE! drug data base that is quick and updates every time you sync your PALM to your computer,to keep you up to date. I have an m130,have also downloaded a medical spanish program .

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