Sure, everyone says that using a PDA is the most efficient way to keep track of your contacts, schedules, and other information. But some of us really don’t like them. In my own case, the idea of having to turn a device on, scroll through options and screens, and use a little pointer thingy to, say, record a meeting time, is ludicrous. I’d much rather whip out my paper calendar and write something down with a pencil or nice pen.
For the medical perspective on the utility of PDAs (especially for maintaining patient records), check out Panda Bear, MD., whose Silver Bullet blog today discusses his own liberation from the personal digital “assistant.” (You’ll have to scroll down through two other posts of his to get to the Silver Bullet post. Both of those articles are compelling, but be forewarned: They contain graphic language.) Panda Bear’s main point is that unless “you are at a hospital that is totally committed to integrating medical records wirelessly and uses bullet-proof software, (the PDA) is probably more trouble than it’s worth.”