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The Palm OS was built from the contacts section. The calendar section your operating room schedule from
ground up specifically for handheld is a powerful scheduling application anywhere. The two most commonly
computing. It is optimized to use equipped with an alarm to help your used wireless technologies are Wi-Fi
very little memory, is intuitive to remember important appointments. (Wireless Fidelity) and Bluetooth.
use, requires very little hardware, PDAs are also equipped with a list of Although they are similar in their
and performs its functions quickly tasks that you can date, prioritize, and capabilities, there are some differ-
and with little fuss. A number of check off as they are completed. The ences that you should consider
models have the Palm OS built Memo Pad allows you to take notes before your purchase.
in, including the Palm Zire and and organize them into personalized
Tungsten series, as well as some categories. Using the Note Pad, you Wi-Fi is the faster of the two
Sony and Handspring models. can write notes and draw sketches technologies and can therefore be
directly on the screen in your own used to transfer large files (such as
Pocket PC is a miniaturized version handwriting. Other useful applications video). In fact, it is several times
of Microsoft’s Windows desktop soft- include a calculator and alarm clock. faster than the fastest cable modem
ware. If you are familiar with Windows connection. However, Bluetooth is
you should be comfortable working As the PDA evolved over time, less complex to use, uses less power,
with this system. The Pocket PC more advanced features began and takes up less space — making it a
market is growing faster than the Palm to appear: good choice for consumer electronic
OS. When Hewlett Packard recently devices. However, Bluetooth does
bought Compaq, they combined the Infrared Interface not provide Internet access. Many
Compaq PDA (the iPaq) with their PDAs already have Wi-Fi integrated
own model (the HP Jornada). This With this technology, two separate when you buy them, which enables
new device, which is still called the PDAs can exchange data with the the device to surf the Web, check
iPaq, will likely soon be the most click of a button. It can also be used e-mail, synchronize calendar and
common brand. Dell computer to print documents in a wireless fash- schedule changes, and carry out
recently started offering a model ion with infrared-enabled printers. many other online functions that
called the Axim, which is very simi- Most wireless printing is now done you would normally use your laptop
lar to the iPaq but is less expensive. with Bluetooth technology. for. This allows many travelers to
leave their laptop behind and use
PDA Capabilities Wireless Capabilities their PDA instead.

The PDA began as a personal organ- Wireless technology allows you to Expansion Cards
izer, with a suite of applications that connect to the Internet or to your
make life easier. They have ample hospital network from your couch Software applications and data
memory to store and organize thou- at home, a bed in a hotel room, or files can quickly use up your PDA’s
sands of names, addresses, and phone a conference room at work without memory. Most PDAs come equipped
numbers in the address book or wires. With this technology, it is easy with an expansion slot that can
to access and update patient informa-
tion, check e-mail, and synchronize

Table 1: PDA Applications

There are many PDA applications that are relevant to the work of the orthopaedic sports medicine specialist.
In general, many of these resources can be found on PDA manufacturer websites, such as www.palm.com
and www.pocketpc.com. In addition to the general medical references, medical dictionaries, drug databases,
and other reference works that are available, here are just a few of the PDA applications specifically designed
for the orthopaedist:

Fast Facts: Orthopaedic Techniques in Operative The Handbook of Fractures
Review for the PDA Orthopaedics: Congenital Anomalies The 5-Minute Orthopaedic Consult
Techniques in Operative Techniques in Operative General Orthopaedics for PDA
Orthopaedics: Sports Orthopaedics: Trauma Pocketradiologist — Spine:
Medicine & Arthroscopy Techniques in Operative Top 100 Diagnoses
Techniques in Operative Orthopaedics: Ankle and Foot
Orthopaedics: Spine Techniques in Operative
Techniques in Operative Orthopaedics: Adult Reconstruction
Orthopaedics: Hand

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