CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It used to be that when doctors prescribed a new drug, it meant hitting the reference books to see how the new prescription would interact with medications a patient was already taking. Not anymore. Increasingly sophisticated mobile technology means that doctors can carry vast drug reference guides, patient charts and even full textbooks in the palms of their hands.

Using drug reference software made by the California-based company Epocrates on her PDA, Dr. Sue Wolver can prescribe medication to a patient while cross-referencing it with multiple drugs.

Doctors use handheld technology to save time, improve care


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