Doctor’s PDA phone

Nowadays lots of doctors are using PDA.. WHY?? Even my UNI also got ppl buy PDA for their clinical years.. So u can see that doctor’s PDA phone is diff from normal ppl.. hehe.. with all the softwares and applications..

Look at this!!

PDA is required for the medical students in the UNI!! Haha.. What a modern Medical Faculty in western country..

I googled the net and found all these..

Palm Treo 750

O2 XDA Flame


Blackberry 8830


I bought O2 XDA Atom 3 weeks ago from The Brilliant PDA Expert, Low Yat Plaza. This is currently the cheapest WIFI PDA phone in the market. I use my Adsense earning to buy this PDA phone. If you’re planning to buy PDA, I highly recommend this Brilliant PDA Expert Shop. They provide good after sales service and can take thousands of medical e-books from them. They have branches in Low Yat, Midvalley, Sunway Pyramid, The Curve and PJ Digital Mall.

So does this mean that the doctors can refer to the books in their PDA? that’s good!!


Malaysian PDA Doctor is maintained by Dr Hakimi Zainal Abidin. I am an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist currently attached to Universiti Teknologi Mara. I’m obsessed with PDA’s and currently using HP Ipaq 6365. Prior to this I’m a keen user of Palm Powered PDA’s, particularly Sony Clie , and am also infatuated with Sony Ericsson (previously Ericsson) Symbian OS powered mobile phone.

Didn’t mention what’s the purpose.. hehe..


Software is like sex, it’s better when it’s free – Linus Torvalds

This page lists the most useful free PDA software which doctors and other healthcare professionals might find useful.

Drug guides:
Epocrates – free drug reference for Palm and PPC; free updates on syncing and bonus multi-drug interation checking.
John Hopkin’s Antibiotic Guide -a handheld-ready adaptation of the online ABX Guide. It is optimized for use at the point of care for Palm OS devices
Shots – immunization guide for PalmOS

Medcalc – the best very comprehensive medical calculator for PalmOS (and now PPC)
Archimedes – free calculator for PalmOS and WM
MedMath – another free medical calculator
PICU Tools – a collection of several databases and calculators for use in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
PALS 2006 – Pediatric Advanced Life Support algorithm (PPC only)
Nephro v4.0 : a medical calculator to get quick test results on nephrology based problems.
ICUmath – medical calculator for adult ICU that uses 85 medical equations
Cardiomath – a PalmOS calculator with over 50 commonly used formulas in cardiovascular medicine
OB Suite – includes a standard OB wheel and more!
Lipid Calc – calculates lipids and the metabolic syndrome

General References and Utilities:
Diagnosaurus: McGraw-Hill’s free PDA tool which has 1000+ differential diagnosis to help you make informed decisions. Palm and PPC.
MD on Tap: an application for PDAs that retrieves MEDLINE� citations directly from the PDA through a wireless connection to the Internet (download link)
My Procedures v1.1: a freebie which trainees and students who need to keep medical procedure logs might want to have in their PDAs.
CME Watch – keep track of your CME Hours on your Palm.
Neobassinette – NICU rounding tool and database.
Eponyms – a list of 1,600 common and obscure medical eponyms (e.g., Rovsing’s sign, Virchow’s node) with descriptions.
Statcoder Productivity Suite: lots of free utilities like Growth charts, Cholesterol guide, Hypertension guide. Grab the full suite download here
PalmEKG – an ECG/EKG field guide for the Palm PDA
HCSIT– Handheld Computer Smoking Intervention Tool
Meistermed’s Free Clinical References in iSilo format. Check out more references in the iSilo Medical Depot
Pulmonary Embolism Paths – a free program to help you in the management of PE
Medrules – useful clinical prediction rules taken from the medical literature

Speciality References:
Apgar score – point score evaluation in your Palm
BiliTool – uses the 2004 AAP Guidelines for management of Hyperbilirrubinemia in Newborns (download link)
BreastCa 1.0 – a breast cancer risk prediction tool
COPD Guidelines Tool 1.0 – contains the guidelines developed by The Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) (download link)
EM Rules – A compendium of decision rules, calculators, scores for the EM physician
GAYF – Geriatrics at your fingertips, free PDA version of the online reference for Geriatrics. Palm and PPC.
Haemoncrules – my very own of course ;)
dt-MMSE : Mental State Examination
MenStat – another MMSE guide
Pedi-dose – calculation of pediatric drug doses, burn fluid replacement, pediatric trauma Score, GCS, and age related vital signs
Pneumotox – a database about drugs that may damage the respiratory system
Pneumonia Severity Index Calculator: an interactive tool to assist clinicians in determining the most appropriate care for newly diagnosed cases of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) at the point of care. Palm and PPC

General PDA Applications and Utilities:
Date calculators: we might need to work out “how many days have elapsed since surgery/transplant” , appointment dates etc. See the posts on Date calculator, Date calculator II, Date calculator III for links to these useful apps.

So after reading this post, do u feel like getting 1 for urself too? I am!! haha..

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About LWJ

A doctor in Hospital Sultanah Aminah Johor Bahru (HSAJB).