Thursday, April 24, 2008

Is this medicine suitable?

Ah, here it is! Epocrates is making the news again and look who gets the full benefit; the doctors of course.

Their latest launch is about the reference of medicines that doctors can get through their iPhone or PDA.

Physicians go mobile: Drug information always on call with Epocrates. Ok, what is the exact information that is available for medical practitioners?

  • Drug Dosing
  • Drug Interactions
  • Retail Pricing
  • Safety/Monitoring
  • Adverse Reactions

I am always on the side of doctors; after all they are also human and not super computers to memorize thousands of medicines. They too need to refer books, periodicals and medical journals about what is the latest remedy for any particular ailment.

But instead flipping through pages of information in books or medical newsletters which is time consuming, they can access the information using Epocrates medical reference software that is now used by over 500,000 healthcare professionals. With the Epocrates’ drug guide for iphone loaded on their PDA or smartphone, clinicians can immediately access the information needed to make prescribing decisions – such as drug dosing, side effects and health plan coverage.

A service that is to be lauded.

Ps: This announcement was paid for by Epocrates.

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