PDA Software Keeps Plugging Along – (Health Data Management – B.K. Schuerenberg)

Beckie Kelly Schuerenberg, Senior Editor for Health Data Management reviewed PDAs and clinical software in the September 2005 issue. Excerpts from her review:

“For clinicians and PDA-based “plug and play” applications, it was love at first site. Applications such as medical reference content, drug calculators and medical testing handbooks were an instant hit with doctors and nurses who were tired of lugging around huge textbooks or having to constantly grab reference material off a shelf.“

“As a result, the market fir plug- and play PDA software continues to grow because clinicians already have had much success with it, says David Brooks, principal at BCC Consulting, a Durham, N.C. – based health care I.T. consulting firm.”

“Sandy Wells, R.N., has purchased specialized handheld reference software. Wells, a nursing instructor at Heritage University, Toppenish, Wash., uses the RN Clinical Nursing Suite and the RN Oncology Nursing Suite applications from PEPID LLC, Skokie, Ill.”

“PEPID’s RN Clinical Nursing Suite features internally developed clinical information, nursing assessments and calculators for various specialties. The RN Oncology Nursing Suite, which was jointly created with the Oncology Nursing Society, Pittsburg, features oncology content and tools. The specialized software is more helpful than other hand-held clinical reference software designed for physicians, Wells says.”

“Nursing is quite different from other medical fields. We work with so many different diagnoses, so it’s important to have nursing assessment tools. Without them, I’d be constantly looking for different reference books, Wells says.”

“Many new hand-helds feature built-in Wi-fi technology, which enables physicians to access reference software and their organization’s clinical system on the same device. These advancements enable physicians to access reference software via an Internet connection on their hand-helds which ensures, they have the most up-to-date information each time they use it.”


PEPID, the Portable Emergency and Primary Care Information Database, is designed to assist in the reduction of medical errors and improve patient outcomes. It provides healthcare professionals access to the most comprehensive, accurate, and current pharmacological and clinical information at the point of care via personal data assistants (PDAs). PEPID was founded in 1994 by Dr. Mark Rosenbloom, a board-certified emergency physician at Northwestern University School of Medicine. PEPID covers medical and trauma topics typically encountered in emergency and primary care settings.