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An Appeal to Palm from the Medical Community

Discussion in 'Tech: Medical Apps, iOS, Android, medical devices' started by Blue Dog, Jun 16, 2008.

  1. Blue Dog

    Blue Dog Fides et ratio. Physician Gold Donor SDN Advisor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    From PalmAddicts, by Jeffrey D. Jarin, M.D.:

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  3. Bertelman

    Bertelman Maverick! 7+ Year Member

    Feb 11, 2006
    Had a Cooch
    Aside from initial excitement followed by bitter disappointment, I haven't been too excited about a Palm product in nearly ten years. I've owned enough of them. My last purchase was the LifeDrive, which can be a great machine, but mine crapped out with moderate, very responsible usage in a little over two years. Their OS is woefully behind the times. They put out duds at a 1:1 ratio to true successes. They have turned their backs to the handheld market, and are now focused on smartphones.

    Guess what? Apple will kick their butts in that department.

    I hope Palm shrivels up and dies a brief death soon, and the medical community begins to embrace the iPhone so more apps can be developed. We need innovation, and that hasn't been present at Palm since I started med school.
  4. TheRealMD

    TheRealMD "The Mac Guy" 5+ Year Member

    May 23, 2007
    Houston, Texas
    Netters + iPhone 3G = Bought on launch day.
  5. 187502


    Feb 5, 2008
    BF-MW, USA
    I don't think Palm is capable of recovering at this point. It's just a question of who will take the top spot, Windows Mobile or iPhone? Windows mobile has a significant installed base and a large library of med. apps, but a reasonable number of people in the medical community will just about fellate themselves over any Apple product.

    I predict by the turn of the decade the winner will be decided and Palm will be well and truly dead.
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2008
  6. crazy_cavalier

    crazy_cavalier T3-Weighted 7+ Year Member

    To Palm: Goodbye and good riddance!

    It's pathetic that I am actually considering an iPod Touch as my PDA device for the medical wards... how truly sad and dismal the PDA market is if I have to resort to that.
  7. DrJeff66


    Jul 3, 2008
    I have not switched over to iPhone due to the software I run on my Treo. I am now on my third generation of Treo (600 -> 650 -> 755p) and while they are overall nice, they are also buggy with frequent crashes, and can be slow at times (depending on the program).

    The main reason I use a smartphone is e-prescribing. Connects thru the phone line, sends the RX directly to the pharmacy. Connection drops alot and has to reconnect to send each RX = slow. I would love to connect via WiFi which we have in the office WiFi in Treos.

    DrFirst now offers RxCopia for the iPhone! (

    But what about all the small programs I use for the Palm, ones that likely will not be ported over to iPhone?

    Now that there is AT&T service in our area (rural NorCal).....

    Dude, You're getting an iPhone!!
  8. PharmaTope

    PharmaTope 5+ Year Member

    Jan 28, 2008
    epocrates is a very bad database especially for drugs and dosing. very incomplete and frequently WRONG all together. micromedex is much better.

    lexicomp is the best.

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