The personal digital assistant, a new medical instrument for the exchange of clinical information at the point of care

Med J Aust. 2001 Dec 3-17;175(11-12):659-62. doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2001.tb143768.x.


Personal digital assistants can provide a portable, integrated platform for point-of-care clinical reference, patient management and data communication. Clinical reference programs allow the user to access information from the Internet and guidelines. Patient management programs allow doctors to access and store clinical information. Wireless technologies have potential for rapid exchange of clinical laboratory results and efficient "electronic patient handovers". Thus, these devices provide the potential for true continuity of care across the healthcare system.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Communication*
  • Humans
  • Microcomputers*
  • Point-of-Care Systems*