Handhelds in medicine: A practical guide for clinicians

Scott M. Strayer, Mark H. Ebell, Peter L. Reynolds

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Handheld computers are emerging as the stethoscopes of the twenty-first century, and no clinician should be without! These small, easy-to-use devices are now powerful enough to help clinicians manage information and make medical decisions at the point of care. Here, Drs. Stayer, Reynolds and Ebell, practicing physicians and nationally recognized handheld computing experts, show you how to make the most of a handheld computer in your medical practice. This comprehensive how-to guide targets all levels of handheld computer users from novices to experts. It is designed with easy-to-understand hands-on exercises that walk readers through each new skill presented. For beginners, the first section is devoted to "getting to know your handheld," choosing or upgrading a handheld computer, and the basics of handheld operation. There's also a comprehensive chapter on downloading and installing software. Futher sections delve into different types of medical and nonmedical software, Internet and evidence-based resources for medical handheld computing, and, finally, advanced topics such as designing custom software and going wireless. Even the most advanced user will find a lot to learn in this book. Tired of handwriting your prescriptions, seraching for your peak flow slide rule or obstetrical wheel, or using index cards for billing while on rounds? You'll learn how to do all these things and more on your handheld, including patient record keeping, medical calculations, electronic prescribing, electronic billing, and database programming. Use of handheld computers in large practices and residencies is highlighted as well, and a chapter on teaching others to use handheld computers rounds out this definitive guide.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages463
ISBN (Print)0387403299, 9780387403298
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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