Month: July 2005

MedQuist Releases PhysAssist IQ Enterprise

MedQuist announced the release of PhysAssist IQ Enterprise, an on-premise solution that enables physicians and medical caregivers to use a variety of popular personal digital assistant (PDA) devices to capture patient-related data and dictation. More than 40 different PDA models have been certified to work with the PhysAssist IQ Enterprise software, using either the PocketPC or Palm OS platforms. This allows the users to select the PDA device that best suits their specific needs.

“This application significantly enhances the quality of patient care while reducing errors. A physician — or other caregiver — can now have a list of patients in the palm of their hand and can display that list based on their preferences,” says Rob Johnson, product manager for PhysAssist IQ. “During or immediately after the point of care, they can dictate their findings while the information is still fresh in their minds. And because of the interface, there’s no need to re-enter any patient identifier or demographic data.”

Patient demographic data is obtained by an interface with physician or hospital information systems. Users simply select the appropriate patient from a list on their PDA and select “record” to dictate. PhysAssist IQ operates like a hand-held dictation device, allowing the originator to fast forward and rewind through dictation, as well as hold dictation on the unit to complete at a later time. The user can also select a work type for the dictation and assign a STAT note for priority transcription.

The PhysAssist IQ synchronization process can be performed through a wireless connection or by inserting a multimedia memory card (MMC) into a MMC reader on the computer. In a wireless environment, PhysAssist IQ can send completed dictation, as well as obtain any new or updated patient information, at predetermined times or each time a dictation has been completed.

One of the key advantages of PhysAssist IQ is that the application, as well as patient demographic and dictation data, is stored on the PDA’s MMC card. If a PDA malfunctions, the MMC card can simply be inserted into another PDA and the physician or caregiver can continue without any loss of data or dictation.

MedQuist, a member of the Philips Group of Companies, is a leading provider of electronic medical transcription, health information and document management products and services. MedQuist provides document workflow management, digital dictation, speech recognition, mobile dictation devices, Web-based transcription, electronic signature, medical coding products and outsourcing services.

Visit MedQuist here.

Daves iPAQ 05042005 Podcast is up

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• Introduction • New Intro • iPAQ Mobile Messenger on iPAQChoice • Daves iPAQ • MEDC next week.. Will we see Windows Mobile 2005 • Steves Tips and Tricks

• Closing – New closing

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Skype Extends Carrier Agreements

Skype Technologies S.A., the Global Internet Telephony Company(TM) that offers consumers the ability to make superior quality voice calls over the Internet, announced new call termination agreements for its premium SkypeOut service.

Cable & Wireless and B3G Telecom join previously announced carriers, including iBasis, Level3 and Teleglobe, in providing global termination services.

SkypeOut has attracted more than 400,000 consumers who have pre-paid to enhance the free Skype experience with the ability to interconnect to the traditional phone network.

“We’re pleased to expand our partnerships with world class providers in order to deliver SkypeOut services,” said Niklas Zennstrom, Skype CEO and co-founder. “These partners will enhance the level of service globally as we innovate by developing the base free offering and deliver the additional premium enhancements our customers seek.”

“Skype and Cable & Wireless share a vision for enhanced global communications,” said Alan Whelan, managing director, Carrier Services, Cable & Wireless. “We will push the boundaries of global Internet telephony services now and into the future.”

Skype also today announces that it has expanded the payment options for consumers wishing to purchase SkypeOut by enabling Moneybookers Ltd, a UK money transmitter, to assist with online pre-payments. Moneybookers marks the first opportunity for SkypeOut users to make a purchase without a credit card.

Terms of the agreements were not disclosed.

About Skype Technologies S. A.

Skype, the Global Internet Telephony Company(TM), allows people everywhere to make free, unlimited, superior quality voice calls via its award-winning innovative peer-to-peer software for Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, and Pocket PC platforms. Skype is available in 20 languages and is the fastest growing voice communications offering worldwide. Since its launch in August 2003, Skype has been downloaded more than 44 million times. Skype Technologies S.A. is headquartered in Luxembourg and is growing its offices in London and Tallinn. Skype Technologies is privately held and backed by top-tier international venture capital firms, including Bessemer Venture Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Index Ventures, and Mangrove Capital Partners. http://www.skype.com

About Cable & Wireless

Cable & Wireless is one of the world’s leading international communications companies. It provides voice, data and IP (Internet Protocol) services to business and residential customers, as well as services to other telecoms carriers, mobile operators and providers of content, applications and internet services.

Cable & Wireless’ principal operations are in the United Kingdom, continental Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, Panama and the Middle East.

For more information about Cable & Wireless, go to http://www.cw.com

About B3G Telecom, the European Broadband Telephony Operator

Founded in 2001, B3G Telecom is a leading European telecommunications company specialized in offering Broadband Telephony services. B3G customers are telecommunications services providers (Telco’s, ISP’s, Multimedia Platform, Call Centers, PBX resellers etc.) and corporates addressed through resellers and agents. B3G supplies its telecommunications services providers customers with call termination, white labeled VoIP services and value added voice routing services ; B3G supplies its corporate customers with CPS, Broadband Telephony Services and IP Centrex. B3G which posted 36 MEUR turn over rand 4.5 MEUR EBIT in 2003 and estimates 50 MEUR turnover and 4.5 MEUR EBIT for 2004, has 300 clients and employs 50 people. http://www.b3g-telecom.com

Skype Media Contacts: Kat James, 44-1273-728331 Skype Name: katjames [email protected] or Kelly Larabee, 602-258-1416 Skype Name: kellylarabee [email protected] or C&W Media Contact: Katherine Findlay, 44-(0)1344-818-324 [email protected] or B3G Telecom Media Contacts: Patrice Giami, 33-1-70-74-05-20 Skype name: pgiami [email protected] or Chrystel BoyerGo Public 33-1-40-20-12-42 [email protected]

Handheld Marketing Group, LLC announces media sponsorship of Planet PDA Spring …

If you havent seen this event you might want to check it out if you are in the Danvers, Mass area.The conference sessions at this event have been designed to educate corporate executives and MIS management on how to increase profitability by utilizing handheld devices for managing staff, field force automation and increasing productivity by employees. Attendees will discover how to integrate applications, develop custom applications, maintain security, develop wireless connectivity solutions, integrate networking solutions and hear case studies from companies who have successfully implemented handheld devices into their enterprise.

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Sony Vaio U-71

Basic Rundown:

Pentium M 1.1GHz Processor

2MB L2 Cache

Intel 855 GM Chipset

512MB

30G hard drive

Graphic/Multimedia:

64MB Shared VRAM

Intel 855GM

5 ” SVGA TFT

800 x 600

Sound blaster compatible audio

Integrated I/O and peripherals:

100BASE-TX / 10BASE-T LAN via provided dongle

802.11 b/g Wireless LAN

Stereo headset input;

CF Card Slot;

Memory Stick slot

USB 2.0 x1

English layout Keyboard (U750)

Japanese layout Keyboard (U71)

I/O and peripherals on the docking:

USB 2.0 x4

i.Link

VGA Out

LAN

Dimension, Power, Misc Features :

6.57 x 4.25 x 1.03 [inch]

167mm× 108mm× 26.4mm

1.21 lbs / 550g

24W (100-240V)

Standard Battery: 2 .5 hours

Enhanced Battery: 5.5 hours

Windows XP PRO (U70)

Windows XP HOME (U50)

Included accessories:

Docking station

Stylus

Stereo headset with control

HP to Offer Handheld Customers Upgrade Program to Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0

HP today announced an upgrade program to Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 for customers with select HP iPAQ handhelds as well as plans to support the new version of the software platform in its future mobile offerings.

HP iPAQ handhelds with Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 will provide customers with enhanced mobile communication, entertainment and productivity through simpler navigation and access to data, an improved Mobile Office suite, along with a more powerful, integrated multimedia experience.

“Since the introduction of the Windows Mobile platform more than five years ago, HP and Microsoft have worked together to offer customers innovative mobile tools to further improve their mobile experience,” said Eric Kilponen, director of product marketing, handheld division, HP. “With Windows Mobile 5.0 for HP’s award-winning iPAQ line, customers will benefit from ‘persistent memory storage’ that ensures that devices will retain all their business data, even when the battery is depleted. Further, customers can increase productivity through faster access to information and updates to familiar business applications, such as Outlook and Office.”

HP will offer Windows Mobile 5.0 upgrades for the HP iPAQ hx2100, hx2400, hx2700 and hx4700 series of handhelds. These software upgrades are expected to be available this summer and can be purchased directly from HP.

Launched in November 2004, the versatile HP iPAQ hx2000 series offers device and data protection and provides optimal combinations of performance, connectivity(1) and expandability options vital to businesses. Strong security features delivered via HP ProtectTools software across the hx2000 series and integrated biometric fingerprint reader on the HP iPAQ hx2700 help keep both device and data protected from unauthorized access.

The powerful HP iPAQ hx4700 series is designed for mobile professionals to effectively carry on business in or out of the office.(1,2) A visually stunning 4-inch VGA color display allows customers to conveniently view business documents or slides without having to modify them to fit the screen.

The Intel® PXA270 624-megahertz processor(3) raises productivity by helping users work faster and smarter and an integrated touchpad with a mouse-like cursor enables easier navigation. The HP iPAQ hx4700 series has been recognized with superior reviews and industry accolades. These include: PC Magazine’s Best of 2004, Government Computer News’ Best Products of 2004 and CNET’s Best Pocket PC Handheld for Business.

About HP
HP is a technology solutions provider to consumers, businesses and institutions globally. The company’s offerings span IT infrastructure, global services, business and home computing, and imaging and printing. For the four fiscal quarters ended Jan. 31, 2005, HP revenue totaled $81.8 billion. More information about HP is available at http://www.hp.com.

DeLorme Earthmate — A GPS Solution Designed From The Ground Up!

In the handheld version, there were several improvements. The biggest improvement for me was the ability to reverse a route, a feature that was desperately needed and created for the 2005 version. Thank you DeLorme! Creating a route using a contact, as a route start (or finish), was another added feature that I found very useful. There were changes made in how waypoints could be displayed and the search options were vastly improved. To me, the search option was significantly faster than in previous versions! Of course the easy to read turn directions as well as that little lady in my iPAQ made following a new route effortless.

An Earthmate GPS with Street Atlas USA 2005 is a great combination providing you with a great amount of flexibility to suit your specific needs for travel. After using the Earthmate for two months traveling over 3500 miles on several trips, I can tell you that it performed in an extraordinary fashion. Whether it was with my iPAQ or my laptop, the unit was flawless in operation.

For the user that wants the flexibility of using Bluetooth with your iPAQ and the ability to use your non-bluetooth laptop as well, then Earthmate GPS with the DeLorme Bluetooth-capable Earthmate PowerPack is an outstanding choice!

Pro’s

Small form factor

Excellent battery life

Multiple Power Sources

Street Atlas USA 2005 is incredible!

Con’s

Belt clip is not convienent

Rating: 4.8 out of 5

To find out more about the new Earthmate GPS Receiver coupled with DeLorme’s Bluetooth Wireless Earthmate GPS PowerPack, you can visit DeLorme here.

*****

Have you read my review on DeLorme’s Blue Logger?

If not, you can find it here.

HP iPAQ h6300

It is Monday July 26th at 6:00am in the morning and my new iPAQ h6300 alarm goes off as I hit the snooze for another 15 minutes. Before I knew it my alarm went off again and I was delighted to lay comfortably in my bed, as I make a connection via wirelessly on my 802.11 network. I immediately connect into my corporate network via VPN and log into my Microsoft Exchange email. Seeing that my assistant made a change to my Power Point presentation, I download the presentation and opened it in the ClearView Presentation software bundled in my iPAQ h6300 in which I noticed my assistant spelled the customer name wrong and made the change. I hop out of bed and jump into the shower, get dressed and I am off to my work. As I am driving to work I turn on my iPAQ h6300 and log into AOL Instant Messenger which is bundled with the unit and send an instant message to my assistant telling her about the mistake and that I made the change and not to worry. Since I didn’t need to go to my office I drove directly to my customer’s location. I grabbed my portable projector which works with my iPAQ and was ready to make my presentation for the customer. During my presentation with the customer they had requested some literature on some products I spoke about during my presentation and told me they would make a decision once they received the literature. After leaving the customers site I got into my car and started to respond to their request immediately. Since I have all my product literature saved as a PDF I was able to connect via GSM/GPRS on T-Mobile’s network and log into my corporate email. I typed my message using the attachable keyboard supplied with my iPAQ h6300 and attach the PDF and sent it off to the customer. Does this sound more like how you envision working? Well now you can!

The iPAQ h6300 is probably one of the most advanced Pocket PC phones available in the market today. Since I have been using this iPAQ for some time I was able to put it through the paces and really get a feel of the unit. In our review we will go over four different elements of this phone such as design, wireless definitions, software included, and functionality.

Design

The iPAQ h6300 is comparable to an iPAQ h2215 in size. The unit has some new characteristics such as as (1) Receiver (2) GSM/GPRS LED indicator (3) Bluetooth LED Indicator (4) WLAN LED Indicator (5) Power Button with Charging LED. The top of the iPAQ no longer features the traditional SD or CF slot in which the traditional iPAQ owners are used to. While traveling in my car at night I liked the placement of the LED indicator lights showing me which connection I was using such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or GSM/GPRS. HP has done a fabulous job with providing a smart data connection. What this means is that if you are in your house and running a wireless network your iPAQ will not connect to the GSM connection but will utilize your WLAN. Once you leave your house your iPAQ will notice you left a WLAN connection and switch to the T-Mobile GSM connection. Home network users make sure to encrypt your wireless network since any iPAQ h6300 user walking by will auto detect your network and be stealing some bandwidth. A word of advice for all, encrypt your wireless network.

Spb Software House Updates Spb Diary

Spb Software House has released a new version of Spb Diary. Spb Diary is an instant Pocket PC organizer that provides tab-based Today plug-in for calendar, contacts and tasks. The new version 1.5 of Spb Diary also provides a separate tab for working with notes. Another new feature is integration with Spb Weather. Spb Diary 1.5 is a free upgrade for registered Spb Diary users.

Notes is one of the natural parts of PIM data. Microsoft ActiveSync provides synchronization for notes between Microsoft Outlook on desktop PC side and Notes files on the Pocket PC side. Spb Diary provides access to main PIM data from the Today screen and with this new version you can use notes from your Today screen as well.

The new tab for working with notes provides access to the most frequently used operations in just one or two taps View the list of all notes grouped by folder View a note on the Today screen Open a note for editing Create a new note in some folder Move a note to another folder Rename a note Sorting and grouping Fast searching

The Today screen is unique to Pocket PC devices — there is nothing like it on desktop PCs. The “desktop” screen on your PC is designed to launch frequently used programs while the Today screen on Pocket PC provides access to frequently used data. This difference exists because of the differences between using Pocket PC and desktop PC devices. A desktop PC is used for hours at a time while Pocket PCs are used several times for a few minutes only. When you pull your Pocket PC out of your pocket you usually want to see or enter some data. The Today screen was designed to be shown by default and to provide access to at least 80% of what you want to see when you turn your Pocket PC on.

The first Spb Pocket PC Survey showed that 85% of all Pocket PC users use their Pocket PC as an organizer. This is the single most popular use for Pocket PC users. However, standard Pocket PC tools for handling PIM data have turned out to be underwhelming at best. This is especially true when considering the most important part — PIM plug-ins for the Today screen.

Spb Diary is a powerful replacement for the standard PIM Today plug-ins that allows access to PIM data right from the Today screen — immediately when you take your Pocket PC out of your pocket. The new version of Spb Diary adds support for notes. According to the results of Spb Pocket PC Survey, more than a half of all Pocket PC users prefer to synchronize notes ( coming fifth in importance after contacts, calendar, tasks, and files), and that means that notes are important for Pocket PC users. Adding the notes tab is a logical improvement for Spb Diary, and makes working with PIM data even more comfortable.

Besides notes support the new version of Spb Diary offers another innovative feature — integration with Spb Weather. Usability testing has shown that it is really helpful to see the weather forecast for a given day on your calendar right near appointments scheduled for the same date. A typical scenario is to choose a date for a picnic or a walk right within Spb Diary, which now takes the weather forecast into account.

Pricing and Availability

You can download a free trial version that works for 15 days from the day of installation. The registered version costs $14.95.

You can download a trial version from Spb’s web site HERE

You can purchase Spb Diary HERE.

The new version is free for registered users of the previous versions of Spb Diary.

Further Information and Downloads

Further information regarding Spb Diary can be found on the Spb Web site HERE.

Spb Diary screenshots

Download Spb Diary HERE.

About Spb Software House

Spb Software House is a software development company, specializing mainly in Windows Mobile software for Pocket PCs. Founded in 1999, the company offers advanced software solutions for use in a wide range of applications.