PDA/smartphone

Description

A PDA (personal digital assistant) is a handheld computer which includes personal information management features such as a contacts database and calendar, wireless versions also offer e-mail, web browsing. Smartphones offer all of the above including phone capabilities. Most PDAs operate using a touchscreen.

Examples

A PDA (personal digital assistant) is a handheld computer which includes personal information management features such as a contacts database and calendar, wireless versions also offer e-mail, web browsing. Smartphones offer all of the above including phone capabilities. Most PDAs operate using a touchscreen.

Benefits and advantages

  • Tailored medical software is available for PDAs
  • Wirelessness allows flexible access and portability
  • Time saving potential for busy clinicians

Risks and disadvantages

  • Transition is being made to next generation equipment at the moment, hardware should be chosen carefully
  • PDA technology would bring new ways of personal working which many may be resistant to or may not have the skills to undertake

 

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