Friday, July 25, 2008

I never thought of doctors as tech geeks

You always want a knowledgeable doctor but most people don't even think about where they get that knowledge. Of course they learn everything in medical school. But what happens after that? What if you go to the doctor and need a prescription. Then the doctor remembers that you're already on another medication. Now what? Well he can pull out his handy Smartphone or PDA to use his PDA medical software to find out that possible drug interactions. He wouldn't even have to leave the examination room to get to a computer to do it.

More than 50% of doctors use PDA's or Smartphones. That's why companies like Epocrates Inc make information that can be downloaded onto the device for fast, easy access by the doctors. Epocrates recently launched a free software reference guide for Blackberry's while working on a downloadable guide for IPhones.

I like the idea that doctors are digitally connected. Get me in and get me out without leaving the room. Now that's service!

This announcement was paid for by Epocrates.

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