Epocrates Brings Gold-Standard Product to Palm webOS Smartphones
Epocrates, Inc., developer of the most popular medical reference tools, today announced that healthcare professionals can now use a beta version of its software on mobile devices running the Palm® webOS™ platform – including the Palm Pre™ and Palm Pixi™ smartphones. This new offering builds on Epocrates' history of designing concise and highly-valued software for clinicians to readily access on their Palm devices.
"Epocrates® software was first developed for Palm devices more than a decade ago. Physicians have come to rely on our drug content in their daily practice, and often refer to Epocrates as their ‘peripheral brain'," said Rose Crane, chief executive officer of Epocrates. "We see the Palm webOS platform as an opportunity to support the loyalty of subscribers in our network who are excited about the new Palm devices."
The Palm webOS version features Epocrates' trusted drug database with critical point-of-care information including dosing and adverse reactions for thousands of brand and generic medications. This free application also provides quick access to Epocrates' reliable and widely-used tools, including the drug interaction checker, pill identifier and medical calculators. Clinicians using a webOS phone with Epocrates can take advantage of its multitasking capabilities and advanced user interface, such as searching the web for a local pharmacy while viewing dosing information in a drug monograph.
"I've owned several Palm devices over the years – currently the Palm Pre, and accessing Epocrates has always been a priority. It's a key part of my medical practice. Whether I'm checking for adverse reactions or identifying an unknown drug, my patients know I have the most recent information on hand," said Dr. Alvin Lin.
"Within the healthcare vertical, Epocrates has provided valued solutions to Palm customers for many years. We see great potential for the Palm webOS platform among healthcare professionals, and we're excited that both existing and new customers will now be able to take advantage of Epocrates software on Palm webOS smartphones," said Dave Daetz, senior director corporate development, Palm, Inc.
More than 900,000 healthcare professionals worldwide, including more than one in three U.S. physicians, use Epocrates software to help improve patient safety and increase practice efficiencies. The Epocrates Rx® application for Palm webOS is available for free download in the Palm App Catalog, or at www.epocrates.com/products/palm. The company will integrate user feedback from this beta version as it continues to enhance its offerings for this platform.