November 10, 2006

Choosing handheld computer software

I am frequently asked what software to put on a student's handheld computer for clinical use. My advice is to get a drug guide, a lab test guide, a medical dictionary, and generic guide to nursing assessment and documentation. A clinical specialty title is also a good addition where needed. Which specific titles to choose? I always look for a free trial version. These let you see if the interface is intuitive and the information useful. If you are deciding for others I suggest getting a group of faculty and students to try several competing titles at the same time. For example, load three drugs on three different handhelds and then try them. Most all the commercial titles are pretty good, just go with the one you like. After you choose the commercial titles you can then search through the hundreds of freeware and shareware clinical applications!