PMDA — Personal Medical Digital Assistants Mobile computing in medical environments

  • N. Schaefer


Unlike office workers at their desks, for example, it is rare for medical personnel to work at a single well-defined location. Their customers are not always able to go to the work place of the service provider, but must often be visited at home, at their bedside in the hospital, or even at the site of an accident. If at all possible, information about the patient’s medical history, previous treatments, new therapies, current guidelines and standards, medicines, and available resources is needed at the patient’s bedside if the physician is to be able to plan and act rationally and effectively. Diagnoses must be documented on the spot, orders must be issued, and requests for consultation and intervention must be forwarded as quickly as possible to other departments, colleagues, and specialists. Treatments must be planned and performed, and — not least — in the interest of quality assurance, the results must be immediately recorded and evaluated soon thereafter. Healthcare, like other such mobile fields, needs mobile communication instruments with wireless connections to networked structures that enable acquisition of new data and recovery of existing information at the patient’s bedside [5,7,32].


Hospital Information System Wireless Connection House Call Personal Digital Assistant Proc Amia 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Schaefer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Anesthesia and Intensive MedicineSt. Franziskus HospitalKoelnGermany

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