Internet PDA MedFlex
The latest PDA technology merges what used to be 2 separate physical devices into a single device. Your Cell Phone and PDA can now be a single device. For a flat fee per month to your cell phone company you can optionally connect these new PDA-phones to the internet. Using this technology you can interact with your MedFlex schedule in real time. If the office has canceled an appointment (as the sample screen shows) you will know it. The old days of your PDA containing a stale and potentially incorrect snapshot of your schedule are gone.
With the Palm MedFlex application you can review your schedule, pull up patient or doctor name's, addresses and phone numbers, or even make a new appointment. As you do these functions you are working with your own MedFlex database in real time over a 128 bit encrypted connection using your PDA cell phone's Internet connection.
How do you Implement this Technology and what are the Costs
You need an internet enabled PDA that supports a 'terminal server connection'. We have been testing this cell phone internet technology for over a year and have some first hand opinions we can share with you as to what works and what didn't work so well for us. Whatever direction you choose make sure you have a 'backout' option if the particular cell-phone internet provider does not work for you in your specific area.
At your office end you need an RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) capability. On a simple peer to peer MedFlex installation this may simply be your own XP-Pro workstation that sits idle and unused when you are out of the office. When you establish an RDP connection to an XP-pro computer you take full control of that computer. But, if you are equipped like most of our clients and have a Terminal Server installation in your office, then you can easily implement this technology onto that server subject to needing a device or user license from Microsoft for the connection.
For example, let's say your current office has 5 users. One uses and sits at your Windows 2000 or 2003 server that runs in terminal server mode and 1 user works at a remote office and 3 others work on workstations in your main office. That totals 4 remote users + 1 user sitting at the server. This would mean that in some fashion or another you have 4 user or device terminal client access licenses installed on your server (we will call these Tcals here out, which is the industry standard term for them) and 4 client access licenses (we will call these Cals). If you add 3 practitioners on internet enabled PDA's to your server you would need 3 more Tcal licenses. Everyone that attaches in any way to your server also needs a client access license (which we will call Cals from here out). So you'd need 3 more cals as well. A Tcal is about 89 dollars one time cost and a cal is about 30 dollars one time cost. (check with your networking vendor to be sure)
You will also need version 6.3 of MedFlex or higher. If you are not on that version number you will not be able to run PDA MedFlex till you are upgraded.
The MedFlex cost to implement this is nothing. MedFlex is sold by user count but we do not count people running our new pda MedFlex users as users. MedFlex also does not break or sell their system into modules or charge for upgrades (providing your monthly support is up to date). When you buy MedFlex you get all of MedFlex whether you happen to use all the modules and features or not.