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Mobile Computing: Finding Knowledge in the Palm of your Hand

Author Additions to Chapter 12

A mobile technology analysis tool

Websites That Expand on Chapter 12's Knowledge


Free Apps

Top 20 free medical apps

9 Free Apps Every Nurse Should Download.

To find those for your operating system, using a search tool enter "free medical apps."

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Mobile e-Health Applications

Tufano, James T., Karras, Bryant T. (2005). Mobile eHealth Interventions for Obesity: A Timely Opportunity to Leverage Convergence Trends Journal of Medical Internet Researcn. 7(5).

mHealth Initiative from HHS.


Sewell, Jeanne M. Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), Smartphones, and Nursing. Information about what to buy, how to use, nursing resources. One stop shopping center for nursing.

Join an An open and unmediated discussion on the use of PDAs in an electronic mailing list (listserv).

Nursing Library and Information Resources - PDA Guide from Yale University.

Personal Digital Assistants: Practical Advice for Clinicians in 2007 by Andy Craig. Very thorough coverage of PDAs today. If you have not yet registered for Medscape you will need to to view this article, registration is free.

PDA or Smartphone. A comparison of the two.

Smartphones, eHealth and nursing (2011). Information about health aps and a few resources as the end of the short column.

PDAs in Clinical Areas

PDAs for Nurses. A resource provided by the CushingWhitney Medical Library with links to information about PDAs, where to buy a PDA, and apps available. An excellent resource.

Faulk, Jeanette F. & Savitz, Lucy A. (2009). Intensive Care Nurses’ Interest in Clinical Personal Digital Assistants. Critical Care Nurse. 29:58-64. Article identifying nurses’ preferences for using PDAs and specific clinical software.

Lindquist, Anna M; Johansson, Pauline E ; Petersson, Göran I; Saveman, Britt-Inger and Nilsson, Gunilla C. The Use of the Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) Among Personnel and Students in Health Care: A Review. Journal ofMedical Internet Research. 2008 Oct-Dec; 10(4): e31.

Johnson, Cathy. Nurses and the Use of Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) at the Point of Care. Lots of references.

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PDAs in Nursing Schools

Brubaker, Cindy L.; Ruthman, Jacklyn; Walloch, Judy A. (2009, November 1). The usefulness of personal digital assistants (PDAs) to nursing students in the clinical setting: a pilot study The Free Library. (2009). Interesting study that shows student opinions.

PDAs for Students: Technology at Your Fingertips. A slide show done by nursing students listing many things that can be done with PDAs in nursing, then the results of an online survey done by these students comparing attitudes of students at their school (Baptist College of Health Sciences) and those at University of Texas Austin School of nursing about PDAs. Very interesting. A must if contemplating requiring PDAs in your school.

Power Point presentation of one schools experience in requiring PDAs.

Scollin, P., J. Healey-Walsh, et al. (2007). "Evaluating Students' Attitudes to Using PDAs in Nursing Clinicals at Two Schools." CIN: Computers Informatics Nursing 25(4): 228-235. Read the abstract.

PDAs in Research

Fowler, Donna RN, BSN, CCRC. Integrating PDA use into your Clinical Research Site. A report of this author's experience with using a PDA in research. Documents apps she uses.

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Reviews of Mobile Technology Devices

PDA Reviews

Tablet Reviews


What Makes a Smartphone Smart? Besides a history of smart phones, presents a description of many of their features.

Reviews of best smartphones.

Reviews of ALL smartphones (many pages)

Wearable Health Monitors

WHMS - Wearable Health Monitoring Systems - an description of many of the devices now available. Also some technical information about how they work.

Oliver, Nuria & Oliver, Nuria. HealthGear: A Real-time Wearable System for Monitoring and Analyzing Physiological Signals. Good review of many systems, with references. Also discusses sleep apnea detection.

FDA OKs Wearable Monitor. Information about the Raisin Personal Monitor, a wireless personal, wearable health status-recording device. "The monitor attaches to skin with an adhesive layer and is worn like a bandage. It records such data as heart rate, respiration rate, physical activity, and body position, which is transmitted via Bluetooth technology to a mobile phone or other computing device."

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Websites from the Text in Chapter 12

Documents to Go http://www.dataviz.com/

Google Docs on mobile devices http://docs.google.com/m

UCS staff prepared a series of video tutorials

PDAs, Handhelds and Mobile Technologies in Libraries at http://web.simmons.edu/∼fox/pda/ (No longer available) Instead see

American University Library http://www.library.american.edu/mobile/

Ball State University Libraries http://www.bsu.edu/libraries/mobile/

New York Public Library http://m.nypl.org/

Boston University Medical Center Mobile Library http://medlib.bu.edu/mobile/

Harvard College Library http://hcl.harvard.edu/mobile/

National Library of Medicine http://pubmedhh.nlm.nih.gov/nlm/

University of Richmond Library http://library.richmond.edu/m/ (cannot be accessed)

Fondren Library, Rice University http://m.library.rice.edu/

Skyscape Drug books, medical dictionaries, laboratory and diagnostic test books, NCLEX review manuals, and nursing procedure manuals http://www.skyscape.com

Handango Many healthcare and office applications http://www.handango.com/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www2a.cdc.gov/podcasts/

Podcasts and STD treatment guidelines http://www.cdcnpin.org/scripts/std/pda.asp

Epocrates Rx Drug database (free) http://www.epocrates.com/

Pepid Reference resources for clinical nursing, oncology, and critical care

American Association of Critical Care Nurses’ Personal Digital
Assistant Center http://aacn.pdaorder.com/welcome.xml (No longer available)

The Group on Immunizations of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
Shots (free) http://www.immunizationed.org/

Statcoder Coding and billing tools (free) http://www.statcoder.com

iPad apps http://www.apple.com/ipad/apps-for-ipad/

iPhone apps http://www.apple.com/iphone/apps-for-iphone/

Patient Keeper http://patientkeeper.com

Patient Tracker http://www.patienttracker.com/

HanDBase software http://www.ddhsoftware.com/medical.html

Prescription writing software such as BluefishRx Prescription Writer http://www.bluefishrx.com/

Allscripts ePrescribe http://www.iscribe.com/ (No longer available) Instead see

Brighthand Bluefish Rx http://www.bluefishwireless.com/products/bluefishrx_download.htm

MeisterMed http://www.meistermed.com/

StatCoder http://www.statcoder.com

Password strategies to avoid at http://www.microsoft.com/protect/fraud/passwords/create.aspx (No longer available) Instead see

Check the strength of the password using an online tool such as https://www.microsoft.com/protect/fraud/passwords/checker.aspx?WT.mc_id=Site_Link

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality includes the National Guideline Clearinghouse http://www.guideline.gov/resources/pda.aspx (No longer available) See

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Websites from the Reference List in Chapter 12

3Com Public Relations. (1999). Press release: 3Com Corporation acquires Smartcode Technologie. Retrieved June 5, 2010, from http://investor.palm.com/releasedetail.cfm?releaseid=338041 (No longer available)

American Association of Critical Care Nurses. (2008, August 24). Welcome to AACN’s PDA and Mobile Resources Center. Retrieved June 5, 2010, from http://aacn.pdaorder.com/welcome.xml

Apple. (2007, April 9). 100 million sold. Retrieved June 5, 2010, from http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2007/04/09ipod.html

Apple. (2010a). Apple. Retrieved June 5, 2010, from http://www.apple.com/

Apple. (2010b, May 31). Apple sells two million iPads in less than 60 days. Retrieved June 5, 2010, from http://www.apple. com/pr/library/2010/05/31ipad.html (No longer available) instead see

Brain, M., & Wilson, T. V. (2007). How WiFi works. Retrieved June 5, 2010, from http://computer.howstuffworks.com/wireless-network1.htm

Carnoyon, D. (2009a, February 24). Amazon Kindle wireless reading device (U.S. wireless). CNET Reviews. Retrieved June 6, 2010, from http://reviews.cnet.com/e-book-readers/amazon-kindle-wireless-reading/4505-3508_7-33517190.html?autoplay=true&tag=rtcol;relnews

Carnoyon, D. (2009b, December 6). Barnes & Noble Nook. CNET Reviews. Retrieved June 6, 2010, from http://reviews.cnet.com/e-book-readers/barnes-noblenook/4505-3508_7-33786175.html?tag=rnav

Cellular News. (2006, August 9). PDA shipments reached record high in second quarter of 2006. Retrieved June 5, 2010, from http://www.cellular-news.com/story/18733.php

Donnelly, G. F., & Rockstraw, L. (2003). The personal digital assistant (PDA) – A tool for minimizing risk and error in nursing care. Retrieved November 5, 2007, from http://www.nso.com/newsletters/advisor/2003_11/pda.php (No longer available)

Fox, M. K. (2010). PDAs, handhelds and mobile technologies in libraries. Retrieved June 26, 2010, from http://web.simmons.edu/∼fox/pda/ (No longer available) Instead see

Franklin, C., & Layton, J. (2007). How Bluetooth works. Retrieved June 5, 2010, from http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/bluetooth1.htm

Medindia. (2010). History of PDA. Retrieved June 5, 2010, from http://www.medindia.net/pda/pda_history.htm

Microsoft. (2010). Create strong passwords. Retrieved June 5, 2010, from http://www.microsoft.com/protect/fraud/passwords/create.aspx

Mitchell, B. (2010). Wi-Fi – wireless fidelity. Retrieved June 5, 2010, from http://compnetworking.about.com/cs/wireless80211/g/bldef_wifi.htm

Skyscape. (n.d.). Skyscape references in pockets of Drexel nursing students. Retrieved June 5, 2010, from http://www.skyscape.com/group/Drexel_testimonial.pdf

Tilley, C. (2009, October 11). The history of Microsoft Windows CE – Index & humble beginnings. HPC Factor. Retrieved June 5, 2010, from http://www.hpcfactor.com/support/windowsce/

W3C. (2008, July 29). Mobile web best practices 1.0. Retrieved June 5, 2010, from http://www.w3.org/TR/mobile-bp/

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