The PDA as a portal to knowledge sources in a wireless setting

Telemed J E Health. Summer 2003;9(2):141-7. doi: 10.1089/153056203766437480.


Two recent parallel developments, the widespread deployment of wireless networks and increased use of handheld devices like the personal digital assistant (PDA), have contributed to the development of mobile access to the Internet. Recent surveys show that approximately 25% or more of physicians use PDAs. Although used mainly for personal information management and static medical applications, PDAs have capabilities to connect to the Internet. We studied the use of handheld devices to access MEDLINE and other knowledge sources in a wireless setting.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Humans
  • MEDLINE / statistics & numerical data*
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians' / trends*
  • Telemedicine / statistics & numerical data*