Industry Support for Special Projects
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Special Project Title/Description:
The Application of Pocket PCs and Tablet PCs in the
iCare Project for Patient Care and Nursing Education
The iCare project is a collaborative effort among the Purdue School of Nursing (PSON), the department of Computer and Information Systems Technology in the Purdue School of Technology, and hospitals of Greater Lafayette Health Services Inc. (GLHSI). iCare is an integrated information technology (IT) system that consists of Pocket PCs loaded with medical and nursing reference programs and electronic forms, a desktop computer, Intranet, Internet, and a printer. The goals of iCare are to use mobile computing technology to empower nurses and nursing students, with quick and accurate information to improve patient care, and to improve communication among nursing staffs, students, and instructors. This project received a small seed grant from Purdue e-Enterprise in September 2002 to begin studies using Pocket PC devices.
This proposal requests Tablet PCs and additional Pocket PCs to be integrated with the iCare project. The goal of the proposed project is to examine the efficiency and effectiveness of using either Tablet PCs or Pocket PCs in patient care and nursing education. Several electronic forms based applications (e-forms) will be developed to enhance prompt, accurate, and complete communication.