HHS offers preventive care app to run on PDAs

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is making available a clinical application for personal digital assistants for doctors and other health care providers.

The Health and Human Services Department created the Preventive Services Selector to help physicians search for preventive services for patients based on each patient's age, gender and symptoms. Users can download the app in Palm OS, Pocket PC and HTML formats.

'This new tool puts the latest information about prevention into the hands of doctors, who can put it to use immediately by recommending the appropriate preventive services for each individual patient,' HHS secretary Tommy Thompson said.

The app is based on the latest recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. The HHS agency sponsors the independent panel of prevention and primary-care experts. As the task force makes new recommendations and the agency adds features to the app, users can update it by synchronizing their PDAs with the online version of the app.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has also developed the Pneumonia Severity Index Calculator, a PDA app to determine a patient's risk for adverse medical reactions and outcomes (Click for GCN coverage)

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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