Personal Digital Assistant Use: Practical Advice for the Advanced Practice Nurse

Andrew E. Craig, MSN, FNP


Topics in Advanced Practice Nursing eJournal. 2002;2(4) 

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The Future of PDAs in Healthcare

Some facilities are integrating the use of PDAs into their practice sites; this involves using PDAs as extensions of an integrated office-based computer system.[3] These systems can include standard desktop PCs, network servers, printers, and fax machines. Within such a system, providers can download daily patient lists and appointment times to their PDAs at the start of the day; they can "write" prescriptions on the PDA and then beam them to a nearby printer, or even send the prescription to the office's fax machine, where it is sent to the patient's pharmacy. Nurses and healthcare providers coming on and going off duty or call can easily share the latest patient data by beaming their notes to each other during shift report.[4] Patient Keeper, described above, has this beaming capability.

These are just some of the latest developments being implemented today. Considering the tremendous strides that have been made with personal computing in the past 20 years, it seems safe to assume that the PDA will be likewise be increasingly used as an adjunct in the provision of healthcare services. To paraphrase a recent technology commercial, "are you ready?"


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