New Audio-Cast: Hot New Devices for Mobile Healthcare Professionals

Please join me for the latest in my audio-cast series; House Calls for Healthcare Professionals.  This month's program takes a look at the most compelling devices for mobile healthcare professonals.  I hope you enjoy the show.

Bill Crounse, MD          Healthcare Industry Director        


What’s hot and maybe what’s not for today’s highly mobile healthcare professionals? Nobody wants just a pager or cell phone anymore. Today’s clinicians are looking for devices that provide voice communication, e-mail, text messaging, web access, information, point of care solutions, video, MP3 player, TV, and games.  They want it all. And thanks to a wide selection of popular devices running Windows Mobile 5.0, they can have it all. But deciding which device and what solutions are right for you can be a bit mind numbing.


Hot New Mobile Devices for Healthcare Professionals

Also available for MP3 download

Panel Guests

Dr. Edward Zabrek, has been the chief medical editor for Smartphone and Pocket PC Magazine, and a full time, practicing Ob-Gyn at Memorial City-Memorial Hermann Hospital Systems in Houston, Texas. He has an ambitious dream to “evolutionize” patient care with Windows Mobile devices. Formerly an independent consultant to Samsung Electronics’ Wireless division, he is always seeking ways to advance this dream.

Hemang Patel works as a Mobility Solutions Specialist in the Healthcare and Life Sciences enterprise customer space at Microsoft Corporation. He focuses on messaging and vertically related solutions involved the Windows Mobile Pocket PC and Smartphone devices. He has been involved with the wireless and IP soft switching industry for over 11 years in a variety of roles. Hemang comes to Microsoft from Sprint Nextel Corporation. He has a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Premed from The George Washington University.

Robert Quinn is Senior.V.P. of Engineering and CTO for EpocratesBob brings to the Epocrates team nearly 20 years of experience as an engineer and software development manager. Prior to joining Epocrates, Bob served as VP of Engineering for iDini Corporation, a wireless software startup, and held a variety of technical and engineering-management positions with IBM. He received his Bachelors degree from Dartmouth College, holds a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, and was a research fellow at Harvard University.

Mobile Devices Featured:

Motorola Q
Motorola Q is the thinnest, full-function Windows Mobile powered device offered by Motorola. Wherever business takes you, your Microsoft Outlook e-mail, contacts, and calendars are with you and up-to-date. And all the responsiveness you require is tucked stylishly in to your pocket. Upgrade now to get Direct Push Technology.

Palm Treo 700w
The Palm Treo 700w is the first Treo with Windows Mobile 5.0 software, and is the first Treo to take advantage of Verizon Wireless' BroadbandAccess service on its EV-DO network. Stay on top of your work and enjoy the peace of mind this smarter smartphone brings.

i-Mate JasJar (also sold/known as HTC / Qtek 9000)
The JASJAR provides superior mobile office functionality. Send and receive email, browse the internet, make phone voice or video calls, get real time email on the move using Windows Mobile 5 and Microsoft Exchange Server SP2.*
*Description taken from

Samsung i730
The Samsung i730 Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition software from Verizon Wireless comes loaded with Wireless Sync, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and is Bluetooth hands-free compatible.

Sprint's PPC 6700
The Sprint PPC 6700 with Windows Mobile 5.0 software combines design, functionality, and speed to keep you in the know while on the go. With the PPC-6700, you can take advantage of EV-DO technology (where coverage is available) to experience broadband-like download speeds. Upgrade now (select Windows CE as the operating system) to get Direct Push Technology.


Comments (3)

  1. Chris Paton says:

    Great audio-cast. I really enjoyed hearing about the i730 and Motorola Q as I haven’t had a chance to try them out myself yet.

    I thought I would add my comments on some of the devices I’ve used both whilst working on the wards as a doctor and from a general ‘consumer’ point of view.

    For running medical software I would agree with Dr Zabrek and recommend doctors choose the ‘Pocket PC’ version of WM rather than the ‘Smartphone’ edition. Partly due to the lack of touch screen but also because of the generally smaller screen size and lack of medical software available (although this is changing as pointed out – Epocrates is now available in a Smartphone edition).

    I’ve been using the ‘JasJar’ for quite a while now and have a lot of positive feelings about the device. Luckily I was due an upgrade with my UK phone company (Orange) and they gave a significant discount on the purchase price.

    The high screen resolution and full keyboard combine to make this device begin to blur the line between PDAs and laptops. I’ve typed out word documents and lengthy emails on the Jasjar and it almost feels like you are using a laptop. Another advantage is the 3G capability. This is useful for both checking your emails and browsing the web but also for using the device as a wireless broadband modem when you plug it into a laptop.

    I used the jasjar as my PDA and phone (using a bluetooth headset) for quite a while before I started using my SPV C500 Windows Mobile Smartphone again for regular phone use. I still carried the jasjar in my bag but stopped using it as my main phone as it was just a little too bulky and using the headset was a little inconvenient at times.

    I’ve recenly moved to Dunedin in New Zealand and found that the 3G availability isn’t quite so good as the UK whilst the GPRS system is a lot faster so I decided to try out the i-mate K-JAM.

    I am really very keen on the K-JAM as I can use it as my primary phone with it’s small form factor but it’s also got a reasonable screen resolution, will run all Pocket PC software and has a very handy pull out keyboard.

    I was excited to hear Hemang talking about WM being used for accessing the medical record wireless and in patients homes. Lack of access to records during home visits is a problem that mobile devices are aptly suited to solve – they are not bulky so they are easy to take with you but will also allow reading of records and entry of new information.

    I’m also glad to hear Bob Quinn talking about increasing use of multimedia for medical education. For CME but also for medical students, using a WM device broadcasting video and audio is a great learning tool. One good use of this is the live broadcasting of laproscopy video to students:

    Overall is heartening to hear to increase of popularity and capability of these devices. I think many doctors are now discovering the benefits of using PDAs in their clinical work.

    For any doctors who might want to learn more about handhelds in medicine, I’ll be running a workshop at MedNet in Toronto on October 17. It’s a free tutorial and will be held in the evening so please come along if you are in the area.

    We’ll be demonstrating a lot of medical applications (including epocrates) and I’ll be bringing a range of my handhelds to talk about the different specifications and options.

    Here’s a link to information about the workshop:

    Looking forward to the next audio-cast 🙂

  2. Hemang Patel says:

    Hello Chris,

    We thank you for the thorough feedback you provided here. We are also happy that the material was beneficial for you.

    As far as form factor goes for the PPC form factor – the 240×360 display is great, however in terms of size – yes a bit bigger than carrying a Windows Mobile Smartphone (candy bar).

    Vodaphone recently announced the launch of the Palm Treo 750v over in Europe. This has a 240×240 display and is smaller in form factor than your PPC devices that you are using. It supports quad band GSM/GPRS/Edge/UMTS: See the link here for more details on this device:

    Also, your case study on the Laproscopic surgery was very heartening in terms of using a Windows Mobile PPC device off a high speed data network (UMTS, EVDO, WLAN) to transmit live streaming video. We see this going to video consultations as well as we had mentioned in our earlier blogs. The technology is there – we just need more adopters of this type of technology.

    thanks again

  3. George Demoulias says:

    My name is George Demoulias, I am a MBA student in the Carroll School of Management at Boston College conducting research on “healthwear” based on mobile medical monitoring devices (see below link for further information).  I am interested in learning more about this sector in terms of market and financial outlook.  Any information or leads would be very beneficial in my research.  can anyone provide some advice?


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