Skyscape vs. Unbound Medicine - Final Answer

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    For those of you trying to decide between buying your nursing software bundle from Skyscape vs. Unbound Medicine for your PDA here is my sorry experience after one year.

    I bought the Unbound Medicine bundle because it came with Nursing Central which was a website that contained all my publications. It was great because I can access it from any computer with an internet access. It was nice to have the desktop version because it was very useful in doing care plans and med write-ups. The Skyscape PDA software versions came with the desktop version for free. However I felt that the ability to access Unbound Medicine from anywhere was worth it. Was it? No not really, I never really used Unbound Medicine from anywhere else except my home.

    What am I sorry about? In order for me to keep accessing Unbound Medicine/Nursing Central on my desktop, I would have to essentially pay the whole price of the publications all over again minus 20% discount. For me they want me to pay $129.00 for the privilidge of accessing the web site for another year.

    Skyscape PDA software comes with the desktop version and (as far as I know) I'm not forced to repay the whole price of the publications (minus 20%) in order to keep using it. The publications offered at both sites for their nursing student bundle are basically the same and the prices are similar.

    I really studied as much of the entries as I could in this website before deciding on Unbound a year ago. I did not know about this limitation. Now I'm out a desktop version. If I had bought it from Skyscape in the first place I would not now have this problem. So please learn a lesson from me before spending money at Unbound for your nursing PDA software.

    :angryfire:angryfire:angryfire:angryfire:angryfire
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    We appreciate Fragino’s comments and have contacted him directly to address his concerns. Here is some information for forum readers to clarify what is offered with an annual subscription to Nursing Central from Unbound Medicine:
    • Access via the Web, a wireless device and on a PDA for a single price
    • Regular drug updates, daily literature updates
    • Updated content as new editions of books are published
    • Links between drug, disease and test information
    • One download for easy implementation
    • Ongoing access to PDA content, even if you do not renew your subscription
    At Unbound Medicine, we work hard to ensure our product solutions meet the diverse and distinct needs of all of our users, and welcome feedback at any time.
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    I really appreciated the very prompt reply from Unbound. However as you can see they didn't change anything and it didn't solve the problem. At Skyscape the PDA version comes with the desktop version for free. At Unbound the PDA version gives you access to the internet version for only one year. To pay for another year they offered me a 20% discount from the full price. Which basically meant buying the publications all over again with a 20% discount.

    Why is having the desktop version so important? Because when I am doing research for care plans and other things, it is a lot easier to search through the publications using the desktop version than using the books or the PDA. Also you can cut and paste the information into your care plan instead of having to go through the tedious process of typing it in. It has come in very handy the last year and it has probably cut the time I spent on care plans and research by at least half. Having a desktop version has become very essential to me as the clinical work has become harder and more complex.

    So you decide. They are basically the same price.

    Skyscape offers the DESKTOP version of their software if you buy the PDA version for free. Unlimited use, as long as you own your computer.

    Unbound offers the Internet access if you buy the PDA version for free for one year. The next year you pay the FULL PRICE (minus 20%) AGAIN. Oh, and if you resubscribe for two years they give you a 30% discount.

    Which offers makes more sense to you if you are going to a multi-year program?
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    have you looked at pepid? (pepid.com). i was an unbound user and i'm looking for a better product.unbound had some "glitches". pepid offers some cool features including pictures and a drug compatibility tool where you enter the drugs you want to administer and it tells you if they're all safe together.

    dan
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    The choice was either Unbound or Skyscape because they offered the same publications as the ones used in our program. I did try Pepid and a lot of other programs but I was just more comfortable with the already familiar publications.

    I'm not saying they're better or worse, I was just more comfortable with it and I didn't need another learning curve at that time.

    I never had a glitch with Unbound...until now.
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    Quote from fragino
    For those of you trying to decide between buying your nursing software bundle from Skyscape vs. Unbound Medicine for your PDA here is my sorry experience after one year.

    I bought the Unbound Medicine bundle because it came with Nursing Central which was a website that contained all my publications. It was great because I can access it from any computer with an internet access. It was nice to have the desktop version because it was very useful in doing care plans and med write-ups. The Skyscape PDA software versions came with the desktop version for free. However I felt that the ability to access Unbound Medicine from anywhere was worth it. Was it? No not really, I never really used Unbound Medicine from anywhere else except my home.

    What am I sorry about? In order for me to keep accessing Unbound Medicine/Nursing Central on my desktop, I would have to essentially pay the whole price of the publications all over again minus 20% discount. For me they want me to pay $129.00 for the privilidge of accessing the web site for another year.

    Skyscape PDA software comes with the desktop version and (as far as I know) I'm not forced to repay the whole price of the publications (minus 20%) in order to keep using it. The publications offered at both sites for their nursing student bundle are basically the same and the prices are similar.

    I really studied as much of the entries as I could in this website before deciding on Unbound a year ago. I did not know about this limitation. Now I'm out a desktop version. If I had bought it from Skyscape in the first place I would not now have this problem. So please learn a lesson from me before spending money at Unbound for your nursing PDA software.

    :angryfire:angryfire:angryfire:angryfire:angryfire

    Thank you for posting your thoughts, I am getting my palm today and have been trying to research which products to get, I am leaning heavy toward skyscape. I have also heard Piped was good, I hadn't even looked at unbound yet, I guess I won't waste my time, thank you!!
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    I bought a PDA (Palm TX) at the beginning of my last semester in school (graduated ADN 8/07). I racked my brain trying to figure out the best deal. I finally settled on Skyscape based on what I thought I needed and the final price. The thing with the Unbound Medicine updates mentioned by Fragino I don't recall.

    I've been satisfied with my Skyscape stuff. Customer service was very helpful when I screwed up the downloads. Having my reference stuff (drug book, Taber's, etc.) readily at hand has been a blessing so that I can quickly look up unfamiliar medical terms, procedures, and drugs at the time when the issue comes up. It allows me to learn on the fly.

    Well, I lost my PDA a couple of weeks ago. ARRRGGGHHH!!! I was fretting that I might have to repurchase my software. Since I have ATT as my cellular provider, I got an extra line (family plan) and got a refurb Treo 680 for $80. AND... I was able to easily download the software to the new device. The Skyscape software just changed the licensing to the new device.

    I don't know if Skyscape is better than other offerings, but I'm satisfied.

    Oh yeah, Micromedex (free) is pretty cool as well. They have lots of useful stuff, like drug compatibility and a disease reference. It runs slow on my device though.

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    An update:

    In Unbound Medicine's reply above one of the statements say "Ongoing access to PDA content, even if you do not renew your subscription." This was true for the last several months. However, this was not true this week. When my clinical instructor was waiting for me to answer a medication question, when I tried to access the pubs that I bought through Unbound Medicine on my PDA it asked me for the serial number. When I entered the serial number it opened a website that told me that my NursingCentral online subscription had run out and offered me to renew it. I DO NOT WISH TO RENEW IT. When I did not and tried to go back to my pubs it would not let me. It put me on the same screen as before asking me for my serial number again. Again I put it in, and again it puts me to the website offering me to renew my subscription. I was never able to access my pubs during the clinical. I wrote NursingCentral support and hopefully I can open my pubs soon. Unfortunately it won't be before my next clinical day because that is today.
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    To Unbound Medicine's credit they responded within the day. I can now access my pubs as before. However it acts the same way as before so I wonder how long before I'm embarrassed in clinicals again.

    What happens is that when my online subscription ran out, every time I sync my PDA it accesses the website and tells me to renew my subscription. So in fact it has become nagware without the benefit of using the online product. It does so again now even though the only thing I did was to reload my pubs (which also to Unbound's credit went without a hitch.)

    There's nothing I can do about it. Hopefully when I become licensed the beginning of next year, I will upgrade my PDA, buy whatever software I need for whatever floor/specialty I will need it for, and it won't be from Unbound.
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    It happened again. For programs that I'm supposed to have "Ongoing access to PDA content, even if you do not renew your subscription." (quote from Unbound tech support). This is the second time that the program tells me that I have to register my program with Unbound that I've bought once and had to register twice before.

    It does not let me access my publications. I cannot use it until I remove my programs, reset the PDA, download the programs, reinstall the programs, and reset the PDA. Fortunately this did not happen during clinicals again like last time but while I was doing research at home.


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