MDPad is an innovative prescription
writer and continuing medical education device.
MDPad provides physicians with real-time education during
the clinical encounter by integrating into routine patient
care as an easy-to-use electronic prescription pad.
Future releases of the MDPad software will include
other features such as: digital transcription, charge
capture and lab order entry.
MDPad bridges the gap between education
and patient care. Medication errors account for
over 7,000 deaths annually and adverse drug reactions
affect over 1.3 million Americans each year. This
has received much publicity, academic attention and
legislative review—spurred by the recent study by the
Institute of Medicine. With safer prescriptions,
MDPad will significantly decrease these numbers.
MDPad also addresses the problems physicians face in
keeping up with the rapid advances in medicine by featuring
up-to-date, concise medical education relevant to the
patient being treated.
MDPad's intelligent prescription
pad reduces medication errors by eliminating the problems
of illegible handwritten prescriptions, similarly spelled
drugs, and incorrect dosing. MDPad’s expert system
software alerts physicians of adverse drug interactions,
allergies and co-morbid conditions at the critical point-of-care.
In a pilot study at Brigham & Women's' Hospital
using technology similar to the MDPad had a tremendous
impact on public health by reducing prescription errors
and encouraging physician adoption of best clinical
MDPad is in the process of creating
an advisory board of world-renowned experts to oversee
the development of iCME content appearing on the handheld
device. During the prescription writing process, the
expert system will display concise bullets of education
that are both relevant and valuable to the care of the
patient being seen. If the physician is interested in
learning more about a topic presented on the MDPad,
a simple tap on the screen will lead into a more detailed
educational piece with pertinent references and abstracts.
As technology advances, later versions of the MDPad
will incorporate audio and video educational seminars
that can be presented via the MDPad on subjects physicians
Physician education will be assessed
in three major ways: (1) MDPad will measure the impact
on patient care of specific educational interventions
with multiple time-series trials, (2) MDPad will offer
physicians quizzes on medical areas that are relevant
to the patients they care for and areas on which they
have seen educational information, and (3) MDPad will
measure the amount of time physicians spend on education.
The PDR is a cumbersome reference
book in most physician practices. By contrast,
the MDPad is a prescription pad that physicians use
throughout the day - it is not an "extra step"
in the care of patients. The MDPad automatically educates
and advises physicians as well as checks prescriptions
that physicians write during the patient encounter.
The MDPad is designed for physicians
to drop into a cradle each night after finishing work.
With an attached modem or pre-existing internet connection,
the MDPad will connect to our servers and upload information
for backup purposes. Our servers will then automatically
update the handheld computer with the latest version
of our software. Newly approved drugs by the FDA are
in our databases and on our handhelds as soon as they
Currently we support the Cassiopeia
E-115 or EM-500, Compaq iPAQ H 3600 series, or
Hewlett Packard Jornada 450 running the latest version
of Windows CE 3.0 (PocketPC).
The MDPad is designed to be a stand
alone device without extensive hardware requirements.
In its barebone state, the MDPad can function alone
with a cradle modem and printer. A desktop PC with Pentium
processor, internet connection, and printer are necessary
for optimal performance. MDPad provides several different
printing options. For
more information on printers, click here.
The MDPad has all of the features
of a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) – including a
daily calendar, contacts, and memos. In addition, the
MDPad has voice recording capabilities that can be used
to take verbal notes as well as transcription.
MDPad assures that only authorized
physicians use the MDPad by protection with a logon
password and timed-out deactivation of the device. Connectivity
between the MDPad handheld and the MDPad servers takes
place over a virtual private network with high-level
encryption comparable to that used by on-line banks.
Information transferred to MDPad servers is strictly
guarded and made available only to the registered physician
user. Only the user who enters information onto the
MDPad will be able to access it.
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