Monday, March 08, 2010

Doctors are still using PDAs instead of smartphones

I know it's hard to believe, but so many doctors are falling behind on the use of mobile technology. They're still using PDAs that are over 5 years old and they aren't using modern smartphones. I recently attended an educational meeting where over 300 physicians had gathered. Although many were using modern smartphones, quite a few still had PDAs running the original Palm OS or Pocket PC. I'm surprised the batteries on these devices still provide enough battery life on these devices that are over 5 years old.

My wife (a family physician in private practice) and I have both gone through a few different smartphones. Our old PDAs are in our personal museum collection. What type of PDA or smartphone does your doctor use?

1 comment:

  1. There are still niche markets for PDA's. I work in one and wrote and article about why I'm still using a Palm PDA:

    http://lockupdoc.com/2010/01/the-palm-pilot-pda-lives-on/

    I am going to buy a smart phone in the next few months, but I still won't be allowed to use it at work in corrections. I'll have to keep using the PDA for that half of my work.

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