Hand-held computers for family physicians

M. H. Ebell, W. Hale, J. E. Buchanan, P. Dake

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Hand-held computers such as the Apple Newton MessagePad, HP 200LX, Psion 3a, and Franklin DBS-2 are now powerful enough to be useful to family physicians in their care of patients. Each fits in a laboratory coat pocket, weighs a pound or less, costs less than $700, turns on instantly, and has excellent battery life. A wide variety of software, including computerized medical records, medical calculators, and medical references, is available.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)385-392
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Family Practice
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes


  • Computers
  • computerized medical records
  • family physicians
  • medical informatics computing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Family Practice


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