Handheld-to-Handheld Combat in the Doctor's Office

Startup MDPad is joining the fray offering tools aimed at cutting medical errors and making physicians' lives easier in general

Forget the stethoscope and tongue depressor. In the not-so-distant future, the most important tool in your doctor's office may be a handheld computer that checks for medication allergies, warns of adverse drug interactions, and suggests appropriate dosages. To speed your visit along, the device may also zap prescriptions to local pharmacies, collect billing information, dispatch insurance claims, and update your medical history -- with neither a clipboard nor an illegible signature in sight.

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