If you're new to the Sprint network, should you get a Palm Pre running webOS or the HTC Hero running Google's Android?
There aren't many medical apps for either webOS or Android, so you won't gain much in terms of medical software. On webOS, you could run an emulator and still use some older original Palm OS apps.
Let's take a step back for a minute. If you had to rate your level of confidence in Google vs. Palm, how would you rate them? I think Palm used to be a major smartphone player in the medical community, but they lost so much ground that it's going to be a difficult battle to compete against the Apple iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android. I don't think they'll have too much trouble beating Windows Mobile.
I think Google has the infrastructure and resources to make Android a dominant smartphone operating system. If you believe that too, then you may want to get a taste of the future by selecting an Android smartphone. That's what I would do if I were on the Sprint network. But, since I'm on Verizon Wireless, I'll stick with Windows Mobile for now.