Scalpel? Check. Stethoscope? Check. Handheld? Check.

Roland Piquepaille writes “In the opening of a brief story from the Michigan CrainTech, which says that “the Detroit Medical Center and the Wayne State University department of emergency medicine bought 150 handled computers for emergency-room attending physicians and residents.” There’s a much more in-depth story from the Detroit Free Press entitled: “ER doctors have new tool to help diagnoses: Palms.” It says: “The new handhelds — Palm Tungsten C models, which have color screens, can run a variety of medical software programs — have been in doctors’ hands for about a month.” ER doctors use a wireless network and these Palms for drug-interaction checking or to read the latest reference books on emergency medicine. My blog contains more quotes from the articles.” Not the first time we’ve covered PDAs for doctors, but it appears to be a growing trend. Considering the speed at which the medical profession seems to adopt these types of “non-medical” technologies, it’s nice to see them (slowly, but surely) realizing there are benefits to going beyond paper sometimes.

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