Jan. 25, 2002
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Teleconference on personal digital assistants set for Feb. 6

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Personal digital assistants, also known as PDAs or handheld organizers, are increasingly popular, especially among health care professionals. Physicians purchase more than 28 percent of all PDAs sold. Many fellowship and residency programs across the country have begun to require participants to use them. It is estimated that approximately 25 percent of Health Science Center students and faculty own one of these 3-by-5-inch computers.

The Briscoe Library will host a demonstration and teleconference related to PDAs beginning at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, in Room 1.102 at the Allied Health Research Building. Participants will learn about Ovid@Hand and how PDA users can use this product to order searches, review journal articles and gain instant access to drug-related information. Medical software companies are producing PDA software that tracks patients, calculates dosages and provides medical and drug references.

The demonstration will be followed by a 90-minute satellite teleconference, "Sync or Swim: Managing the Flood of PDAs in Health Care," at 2 p.m. The teleconference will describe the basic functions and hardware requirements for PDAs and will demonstrate innovative programs that illustrate the potential of handheld technology for health care professionals.

For more information or to register, contact Jonquil Feldman at ext. 7-2400 or send an e-mail to feldman@uthscsa.edu.

For more information about the teleconference, visit www.mlanet.org/ education/telecon/pda/index.html.

For a comprehensive resource on medical information uses of PDAs, visit www.library.uthscsa.edu/internet/ pda.cfm.

For more information about Ovid@Hand, visit www.ovid.com/ products/hand/index.cfm.


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