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Old 01-24-2007, 08:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I recently purchased a BlackBerry Pearl (I don't remember what life was like without my BB, by the way). Being a pharmacy student, I was pleased to find out that I can use the BB as a PDA and downloaded the Lexi-Comp software.

I'm taking some courses where we are allowed to use our PDAs to access drug information for exams and quizzes, but as with any class, we're not allowed to have our mobile phones out during exams, either. So, the obvious dilemma is that I need to have my PDA to access drug information, but my PDA also happens to be my phone. Ultimately, I need to prove to my prof that I can't cheat with my BB. Hmm, *scratching head.*

So. Does turning off the wireless on the BB make it unable to receive calls, e-mails and other data? And if so--even though I realize that Lexi-Comp Drugs is a fairly new program for BlackBerrys--does anyone know if the program will still work without the wireless service turned on?

Just an honest question, from an honest student.
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What's the concern with mobile phones during an exam? Texting a friend for answers?

It's going to be difficult to disable the phone and leave wireless operating for data. I'm not familiar with Lexi-Comp but I'm guessing that it will need wireless data to retrieve data...
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Turning off the wireless turns the radio off and you will have no data or voice.
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I looked at the site and it updates realtime with data, so disabling wireless will render the lexi to limited useage.
Are you getting your pharmD soon?
Working up to the clinical pharm or straight to retail pharm?
Let me guess what market you're going to, hmmm, AZ or sunny cali or florida?
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I tested Lexi-Comp in class today: You're right, it's no use without the wireless. I'm so disappointed--it would have been convenient to have everything on one device. With that being said, I may have to delete the program and just stick to my PDA. For those of you out there contemplating BB use + Lexi-Comp for patient care, read on...

A couple of things I didn't like/need to consider/and maybe you should consider if you work in a healthcare setting (load time in parentheses):

1. It was taking too long (for my tastes, anyway) to go from:
a. finding drug X (EVERY letter took ~2 seconds to show up on the screen. Talk about lag for a 10+ letter drug name.)
b. selecting drug X (~5 seconds)
c. and finding specifics, for example, adverse events. (~2 seconds once you're on drug X's screen).
I can't imagine being on the floor and saying, "Excuse me while my Lexi-Comp loads, your illness will have to wait."

2. The SureType function gets annoying because most of the drugs out there have unusual spellings (e.g. "tamsulosin,Ē "hydrochlorothiazide"). Slows down typing speed considerably. Kind of brought me back to the old "hunt & peck" days of typing on regular keyboards.

3. A lot of areas in the hospital either donít allow mobile phone use or don't have signal period. I frequently was getting a No route to server, please check network settings and signal message as I walked through the hospital today. If you must have constant access to electronic drug information, consider using a PDA that doesn't require a wireless connection.

And FYI, I own a Pearl; I'm not sure if other models can load the software any quicker. Any personal experiences with Lexi-Comp/other drug resources + BB? Any recommendations? I'm all ears.
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I looked at the site and it updates realtime with data, so disabling wireless will render the lexi to limited useage.
Are you getting your pharmD soon?
Working up to the clinical pharm or straight to retail pharm?
Let me guess what market you're going to, hmmm, AZ or sunny cali or florida?
Realtime, interesting. No wonder it loads books every time you open the program. And to answer your questions, Pharm.D. in '08. Actually, neither clinical nor retail--probably pharmaceutical industry, e.g. Genentech, etc. I'm interested in biotech/genetics. And yes, probably Cali, but I'm having a hard time deciding between San Francisco and Orange County. I love them both for different reasons. How'd you know?
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Thats good. Hey T-gen is out here in phx for biotech.
But if it were my choice I'd go with orange county!
Theres no beaches in AZ, yet, hahaha!
I used to work in retail pharm, hospital pharm and now hospital operations managment.
Just working up the corp ladder...
Good luck with your studies and welcome to crackberry world, lol.

Oh, yeh better stick to the topic, so no data no lexi.

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