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December, 2014


Patient attitudes toward physician use of tablet computers in the exam room

Strayer SM et al, Family Medicine, 42(9)

Previous research has examined patients’ attitudes toward use of exam room computers by physicians. Our objective was to determine patient attitudes toward physicians’ exam room use of new tablet computers.
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10 February 2011 | No Comments »
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Development of a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) System To Collect Symptom Information from Home Hospice Patients

Hachizuka M et al, Journal of Palliative Medicine, 2010

Previous studies have found that inappropriate assessment of cancer pain can lead to inadequate pain management. To improve assessment, it may be helpful to collect real-time data in a natural environment using computerized ecological momentary assessment (cEMA). Therefore, the aim of the study was to develop a personal digital assistant (PDA) system to collect information on symptoms such as pain and mood states in patients with cancer using cEMA.
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1 June 2010 | No Comments »
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Development of a health management support system for patients with diabetes mellitus at home

Tani S et al, Journal of Medical Systems, 34(3)

Recently, a patient with diabetes mellitus (DM) type 2 has been increasing in Japan. The patient should be managed not only by a specialist but also by himself focusing his attention on the improvement of his lifestyle at home. In the present study, we tried to develop a health management support system by which a diabetic patient in early stage can easily enter his daily life information, i.e. the biological information such as the data of blood sugar levels and blood pressure levels etc., the information of exercise and diet and send the information to the medical institution with a personal digital assistant (PDA). Afterwards, the patient can receive health instruction information by the physician in charge for self-care at his home with a PDA.
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31 May 2010 | No Comments »
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Diagnostic efficacy of handheld devices for emergency radiologic consultation

Toomey, Rachel J. et al, AJR 194(2)

Orthopedic injury and intracranial hemorrhage are commonly encountered in emergency radiology, and accurate and timely diagnosis is important. The purpose of this study was to determine whether the diagnostic accuracy of handheld computing devices is comparable to that of monitors that might be used in emergency teleconsultation.
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26 January 2010 | No Comments »
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Adoption of a PDA-based home hospice care system for cancer patients

Hong, Hae Sook et al, Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 27(6)

This study describes a systematic and efficient point-of-care home hospice information system, which can effectively manage patient information and can easily be incorporated into a home hospice service using wired and/or wireless communications and mobile computing technology. To help with the design of a portable home hospice information system, we analyzed the services provided by visiting nurses and the opinions of users, based on the 2005 Guidelines for Cancer Patient Management Program of the Ministry of Health and Welfare of Korea. We performed a service trial with three experienced visiting nurses.
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15 November 2009 | No Comments »
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The Impact of Mobile Handheld Technology on Hospital Physicians’ Work Practices and Patient Care: A Systematic Review

Prgomet, Mirela et al, J Am Med Inform Assoc, PrePrint

The substantial growth in mobile handheld technologies has heralded the opportunity to provide physicians with access to information, resources and people at the right time and place. But is this technology delivering the benefits to workflow and patient care promised by increased mobility? We conducted a systematic review to examine evidence regarding the impact of mobile handheld technology on hospital physicians’ work practices and patient care, focusing on quantification of the espoused virtues of mobile technologies. We identified thirteen studies that demonstrated the ability of personal digital assistants (PDAs) to positively impact on areas of rapid response, error prevention, and data management and accessibility.
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1 September 2009 | No Comments »
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The development and evaluation of a PDA-based method for public health surveillance data collection in developing countries

Yu, Ping et al, International Journal of Medical Informatics, 78(8)

Background and purpose
EpiData and Epi Info are often used together by public health agencies around the world, particularly in developing countries, to meet their needs of low-cost public health data management; however, the current open source data management technology lacks a mobile component to meet the needs of mobile public health data collectors. The goal of this project is to explore the opportunity of filling this gap through developing and trial of a personal digital assistant (PDA) based data collection/entry system. It evaluated whether such a system could increase efficiency and reduce data transcription errors for public surveillance data collection in developing countries represented by Fiji.
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22 June 2009 | No Comments »
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Factors Determining the Use of Personal Digital Assistants Among Physicians

Vogel, Eric W. et al, Telemedicine and e-Health. 15(3)

Factors that might influence the use of personal digital assistant devices (PDAs) by resident physicians for assistance in the delivery of routine patient care were surveyed in a single institution. None of the baseline demographic characteristics measured was associated with whether PDAs were being used or not. Those who used their PDAs for medical purposes perceived more benefits associated with the use of PDAs and fewer barriers than did those who did not own a PDA, or owned one but did not use it for medical purposes. Some associations were also found between residents— self-reported standardized test scores and the type of information resources being used on their device. These results could be useful in helping medical leaders overcome barriers to more full adoption of PDAs as a tool for effective patient care.
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22 April 2009 | No Comments »
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Patterns and changes in prescriber attitudes toward PDA prescription-assistive technology

Vishwanath, Arun et al, International Journal of Medical Informatics, 78(5)

Medication error prevention is a priority for the U.S. healthcare system in the 21st century. Use of technology is considered by some as critical to achieve this goal. Knowledge of the attitudinal barriers to such adoption, however, is limited.
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15 April 2009 | No Comments »
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A mobile telemedicine system for remote consultation in cases of acute stroke

Kim, Dong-Keun et al, J Telemed Telecare, 15(2)

A mobile telemedicine system, capable of transmitting video and audio simultaneously, was designed for consulting acute stroke patients remotely. It could use a wireless local area network (e.g. inside the hospital) or a mobile phone network (e.g. outside the hospital). When initiating a call, the sending unit chose a suitable encoding profile based on the measured data throughput, in order to allocate appropriate bit rates for video and audio transmission.
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26 February 2009 | No Comments »
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The effectiveness of low-cost teleconsultation for emergency head computer tomography in patients with suspected stroke

Phabphal, Kanitpong, and Siriporn Hirunpatch, J Telemed Telecare, 14(8)

Teleradiology in an emergency situation can be used to support rapid neurological decision-making when specialists are remote from the hospital concerned. We have developed a low-cost system using a PDA phone as the receiving equipment. The experimental system was based on a notebook PC to send the images and a PDA phone to receive them.
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16 December 2008 | No Comments »
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