What's up with PDA's - page 3

All kinds of people are getting some sort of illness in my class and buying PDA's like they can't live without them. What's the deal? The cost is something like $300 for the PDA + another... Read More

  1. Visit  shudokan-RN profile page
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    Palm O/S is specific to Palm...My husband has been in the IT field for YEARS and say the Windows CE is the only way to go. He says that the Palm O/S is clunky, there aren't as many applications available for Palm, PLUS the Pocket Windows system interfaces with Microsoft desktop apps much easier.....

    If your in the market, Dell has without a doubt the best value and biggest bang for buck out there. My hubbins just approved a purchase for 300 Dell PDA's for the state agency he works for. Compaq makes a good PDA as well but for mucho $$$ more.

    Be sure to get the wireless card as this will allow you to surf the web wireless as well as other features. There are wireless access points all over hospitals and elsewhere where you can hook up to the web for free.

    Oh yeah and there are tons of place to download pda software...even Kazza has a ton of freebies
    Marci
    Last edit by shudokan-RN on Oct 4, '03
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  3. Visit  shudokan-RN profile page
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    There are a great investment.....
    http://www.dell.com/us/en/dhs/produc...5_advanced.htm



    Marci
  4. Visit  jayna profile page
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    Okay,

    I know this piece of equipment but what does it means?
    What P.D.A means?

    Thank you.
  5. Visit  LilRedRN1973 profile page
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    Personal Digital Assistant, I think
  6. Visit  jayna profile page
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    Yeah sounds like him the PDA.

    Thanks RNinTraining.
  7. Visit  NurseMobile profile page
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    Originally posted by mspringer
    All kinds of people are getting some sort of illness in my class and buying PDA's like they can't live without them.

    I have yet to see a nurse on the floor use one. Am I nuts or shouldn't the 'ol cranium computer work just as well? or books if you really get in a bind.

    Any thoughts?
    Here's an interestig article:

    October 24, 2003 - According to Forrester Research, nurses are unexceptional at-work Internet users, while 77% of physicians report that they connect to the Internet from work. Nevertheless, the data also shows that nurses frequently turn to the Web for reference and training from their computers at home. Notably the same research indicates that in North America more nurses are using PDAs than are physicians.

    Data from Forrester's Consumers Technographics 2003 North American Bench Mark Study indicate that 408,020 physicians and 559,800 nurses are currently using PDAs.

    Why do nurses prefer PDAs to that of a tethered PC?

    Accessibility

    "The current systems [tethered PCs] in place lack one critical feature; the ability to deliver data on demand. If you need to interrupt the delivery of healthcare to return to the nursing station to access data, you will forgo data access and focus on the more immediate requirement of delivery of care. Handheld or mobile computers, by definition overcome the limitation of stationary computer systems to deliver information on demand to those who must apply that knowledge."


    http://www.pdacortex.com/RNs_are_Mobilizing.htm

    Cheers
    Rob
  8. Visit  bwalston profile page
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    Originally posted by macox
    Palm O/S is specific to Palm...My husband has been in the IT field for YEARS and say the Windows CE is the only way to go. He says that the Palm O/S is clunky, there aren't as many applications available for Palm, PLUS the Pocket Windows system interfaces with Microsoft desktop apps much easier.....
    Actually, the Palm O/S will function on many PDAs (for example, the Sony Clie). And while there are many applications available for both the Palm and the Pocket Windows system, I think you will find that the bulk of the MEDICAL applications have been devloped first for the Palm O/S platform.

    Just my .02

    regards -

    Bill
  9. Visit  EyesForward profile page
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    After this thread, and other information I decided on a recent generation (M505) Palm, which I got from Ebay. The os version is compatible with Outlook and Word, and most importantly there do seem to be many more medical apps for the palm os. Can't WAIT to get it!

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