Magazine article Drug Topics

Wireless Device to Hook Up Physicians and Pharmacists

Magazine article Drug Topics

Wireless Device to Hook Up Physicians and Pharmacists

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Having trouble reaching a physician about a questionable prescription? A new wireless communications device may enable physicians to go on-line in their communications with pharmacists.

The new device would save pharmacists and physicians alike much time and hassle in their efforts to resolve questions of a prescribed drug's appropriateness for a patient and to manage formularies, explained Jonathan Edelson, chairman and CEO, Med-E-Mail Corp., Tarrytown, N.Y. His company specializes in developing wireless communications systems for medical use.

Speaking at a seminar on pharmaceutical management, sponsored by both Conference Development Inc. and ASHP, Edelson said the new device was scheduled to be announced formally by the end of March and made available to the marketplace by June. The device has been developed by General Magic, a consortium of computer and electronic communications firms including Motorola, Apple, AT&T, Sony, and Phillips, he added. Already it is being tested at several managed care organizations.

The new device will resemble Apple Computer's Newton MessagePad product, a hand-held wireless communications device with a small computer screen. It will enable users to scrawl messages on the screen and fax them, and it will be able to hook up with electronic mail systems, he explained. The device will be similar in concept to the wireless hand-held devices various overnight delivery services use to log in packages with a central computer, he added. …

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