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Track and organize charts of paper. It is fully customizable. You allowed many new functions to
to review. can also easily beam or e-mail patient evolve. This combination is the wave
Utilize complete and current lists to colleagues and billing clerks. of the future and may eventually
coding with medical necessity Print lists and reports via Wi-Fi. become the standard. Pocket PC
warnings to reduce errors. Built-in tips outline the amount of and Palm OS versions are available.
Generate and print prescriptions documentation required to obtain
using an extensive drug database each E&M level. The Future of PDAs
and create a “preferred drugs” set
for commonly used medications. Office Connectivity The use of PDAs has grown rapidly.
Print notes and prescriptions PDAs using wireless technology can As manufacturers develop new appli-
directly from the PDA to an allow you to access electronic medical cations and capabilities to meet
infrared-enabled printer. records. Some companies use iPaq- growing needs, PDAs are becoming
Send orders and receive alerts sized units while others use tablet- increasingly valuable to the profes-
notifying of abnormal lab results. based laptops. There is no standard sional and the orthopaedic office.
system in use at this time. When Since 2002, AOSSM has provided
Coding and Billing shopping in this arena, make sure that its membership directory in a down-
the systems are compatible with other loadable PDA format for both Palm
Take your PDA on rounds and record companies. It is possible to purchase OS and Pocket PC platforms. This
an inpatient consult at the bedside. a system, have the company go out digital directory, which is updated
Enter your surgical procedures in the of business, and not be able to use it on a quarterly basis, is available to
recovery room immediately following or have support for it in the future. members in the Members Only
the case. At the end of the day go section of the AOSSM website,
home and synchronize the information PDA Phones www.sportsmed.org. The Society is
onto the hospital system. The patient PDA phones combine PDA and cell considering other potential applica-
encounters flow from your PDA phone functions, allowing you to tions as well, such as an interactive
to the computer, onto the server, carry only one item on your belt or in PDA annual meeting program.
and then to the billing office. It is your pocket. There are many programs
a convenient and efficient way to that use the phone lines to check The role of the PDA is expected to
record charges. Coding and billing e-mail, surf the Web, and streamline become increasingly significant in years
software allows coding of E&M communications with your office to come. In time, it could even take
charges, procedures, and patient and other contacts easily while on the place of laptops, streamlining our
tracking without cards or scraps the road. This marriage has also office functions and, hopefully, simpli-
fying our busy practices and lives.

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