MedicMate Mobilizes Bedside Manner

The Windows Mobile-based app helps healthcare providers access only the information they need at any given moment.

Terry Sweeney, Contributing Editor

April 10, 2008

2 Min Read

Mobile software maker MedicMate on Thursday unveiled a Windows Mobile based application designed by and for U.K. medical professionals who don't want to lug around thick files and whose institutions can't afford broadband infrastructure to serve up patient or pharmaceutical information.

MedicMate is built to enable quick entry methods and customizable drop-down lists, as well hierarchical and split-screen views. Patient demographics, problem lists, and jobs can all be customized to suit the practitioner. The app also enables job searches, patient filters, alarms, JobSets, sticky notes and printable lists.

MedicMate is also password protected and uses 128-bit encryption and the built-in security features of most mobile handsets to protect data and confidentiality. The MedicMate module works with either infrared or Bluetooth technology for encrypted wireless transmission of information.

"Comprehensive electronic medical record solutions and U.S. style 'track and bill' systems are neither appropriate in all settings nor viable for busy clinicians. They often necessitate an extensive high capacity hospital intranet infrastructure," the company said, in a statement. "MedicMate, designed by doctors on the shop floor, instead focuses on bringing accessible and genuinely useful functionality directly to all grades of healthcare professionals free from infrastructure obstacles or inadequacies."

The application can also be used as an electronic logbook, enabling interns and trainees to record bedside experiences and treatment incidents; users can automatically log completion dates with supplemental notes. MedicMate also has an electronic switchboard function that's searchable for telephone extensions, faxes, e-mail addresses, as well as external numbers like patient support organizations.

The software is available now for any mobile handset with a touch screen and Windows Mobile 2003 or a subsequent version. MedicMate also needs at least 64 MB of memory to operate. A single user license is $119.

About the Author(s)

Terry Sweeney

Contributing Editor

Terry Sweeney is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor who has covered technology, networking, and security for more than 20 years. He was part of the team that started Dark Reading and has been a contributor to The Washington Post, Crain's New York Business, Red Herring, Network World, InformationWeek and Mobile Sports Report.

In addition to information security, Sweeney has written extensively about cloud computing, wireless technologies, storage networking, and analytics. After watching successive waves of technological advancement, he still prefers to chronicle the actual application of these breakthroughs by businesses and public sector organizations.

Sweeney is also the founder and chief jarhead of Paragon Jams, which specializes in small-batch jams and preserves for adults.

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