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ok, tech geeks, PDA?

Ok, all you nurse tech geeks...:bow:

I have an old PDA Palm500, which I love to death for using as a drug guide. I keep it in my pocket and whip it out for doctors and patients. They are quite impressed ( not!!) But my trusty ol'partner is getting a little sluggish. I have had to delete everything else just to have enough memory for the drug guide. Plus, the battery is becoming grumpy. Sometimes it charges, sometimes not. I figure it's needing to become a DNR soon.

I have looked at other PDAs, but it seems they are "old tech"-(Are PDAs old tech,??? I like PalmOS )- what is the next level above "old tech"?. I cannot afford the latest, greatest tech-i-est thing available, but I would like something which will last at least 4 years ( arbitrary #) and something which is widely available. Any ideas?

mexilingus

Specializes in wound, hospice, home health, psych.

why not use a blackberry cell phone w/ internet access and do away with the need for a separate drug guide or separate anything else

Rokidog

Earlier this year, I switched to the Palm T/X and have been very happy with it so far. It has a decent size hard drive (32 MB) plus a slot for an SD card (There are 16GB size SD cards, not sure if there's anything higher but there may be). You just have to see what's out there and decide what you will be comfortable with. A Blackberry, as the other poster mentioned, is another option. I wish you luck and please don't hestitate to contact me if you have any other questions!

Laurie :typing

blondy2061h, MSN, RN

Specializes in Oncology.

I use an iPod Touch. Synced with OS X it handles my contacts and calendar well, and I put Epocrates and this Medical Calculator on there. They're both free and work incredibly well. The iPod itself I got off the refurbished section of the Apple store for $100 off.

I had thought about the Blackberry or I-phone, but aren't they are limited to areas which have wireless internet access? Or can they access the internet anywhere they have celphone coverage? The biggest problem with them, aside from price, is that they are limited to particular cell phone service. I wish they would people buy phones they like and use with any service!!! I like that I can use a PDA independently, with loaded software.(sigh) I guess that is my answer. Thanks for the response!!

Christina1973

Specializes in Informatics, Surgery.

I am a long-time Palm user, but have recently switched over to the Palm Treo with Windows Mobile. It was nice to combine my phone and PDA; it synchs with my work Outlook email and calendar, and has everything I need it to have.

Just my two cents. It works for me!

I had thought about the Blackberry or I-phone, but aren't they are limited to areas which have wireless internet access? Or can they access the internet anywhere they have celphone coverage? The biggest problem with them, aside from price, is that they are limited to particular cell phone service. I wish they would people buy phones they like and use with any service!!! I like that I can use a PDA independently, with loaded software.(sigh) I guess that is my answer. Thanks for the response!!

Iphones can be unlocked. The only problem is AT&T won't sell you one without a plan so you have to get them off of e-bay.

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