An Introduction to Nursing Software

By: Keith Londrie

The PDA or personal data assistant is among the most recent lightest and smallest and is an increasingly popular handheld device for the medical professional. They can execute many functions as desktop computers.

There are two major operating systems for the PDA, mainly Palm OS and Pocket PC, which was previously known as Windows CE. At the present time, nursing software market is dominated by the Palm OS. Besides the inbuilt nursing software, one probably needs additional nursing software to realize the full potential of the PE eight. The nursing software used by PDAs can handle many different functions like storing and retrieving patient's medical history. Prescriptions, fluids, vitals, labs, orders, calculators, references, care plans, nursing actions, and hundreds of treatment assessments.

There are several resources were freeware nursing software applications can be downloaded. The nature of nursing software packages usually comes at a price that constantly ranges from $30 for the most basic ones up to $300 for the highly advanced versions. Freeware applications can be found@PDAcortex.com and collective man.com sky scape has the most extensive and complete collection of medical reference tools for PDAs.

Since the early 1990s, Skyscape has been providing medical reference data in an insightful and easy to use system offering healthcare professionals solutions that have helped enhance the quality of patient care. Skyscape possesses hundreds of references covering every medical profession and claims that over 400,000 healthcare professionals rely on its nursing software clinical drug and I references for accurate, confident and inform decision-making at point of care.

Time is of the essence in the ICU or intensive care unit and rapid access to this information on the PA is necessary. Keeping track of the up-to-date medical data is critical and indispensable if healthcare professionals need to make well-informed decisions at the point of care. The nurse's software computerize is the medical information such as the clinical educational, research, administrative and quality improvement data, enabling the PDAs to provide instant assessments at your fingertips thereby saving valuable time and perhaps a patient's life.

I have personally met with doctors who use a PDA. In my case, the doctor was checking a new prescription medication that he was going to prescribe for me to make sure there were no side effects that would happen with the other medications I'm taking. It is amazing how fast a doctor can look up drug on the PDA and check its pros and cons before prescribing medication to the patient.

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