Capturing life in the palm of your hand: Getting rid of the yellow stickies by using a handheld database

James M. Thompson, Scott M. Strayer, Mark H. Ebell

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Abstract

So now that we've told you how to create and use databases on your handheld computer . . . watch out! It's addictive. You will find yourself making databases for everything from your car's last oil change to your relatives' birthdays. The many medical uses will make your professional life simpler, and maybe give you more time to enjoy it. We have categorized available software products into light-, middle-and heavyweight categories based on their feature sets to help sort out all the issues of picking a product.We provided guidelines to help you choose an appropriate product based on the type of project you might be contemplating, or on the feature set that you think you might need. We did not attempt to review all the database products that are on the market.We gave you a way to make your own choice.We described examples from the more popular middleweight database products to explain how this type of software works.We explained that you could share databases by beaming, email, or networking. Finally, we explained that you could link handheld databases to more powerful desktop computer database software for more extensive data management than is possible on a handheld.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandhelds in Medicine
Subtitle of host publicationA Practical Guide for Clinicians
PublisherSpringer New York
Pages251-288
Number of pages38
ISBN (Print)0387403299, 9780387403298
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StatePublished - Dec 1 2005

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

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Thompson, J. M., Strayer, S. M., & Ebell, M. H. (2005). Capturing life in the palm of your hand: Getting rid of the yellow stickies by using a handheld database. In Handhelds in Medicine: A Practical Guide for Clinicians (pp. 251-288). Springer New York. https://doi.org/10.1007/0-387-27046-9_11