Congress President Says Meeting Represents
'A Major Paradigm Shift in the Way We Will Practice Neurosurgery'
PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 19 -- The 52nd annual Congress of Neurological
Surgeons (CNS) convenes today at the Pennsylvania Convention Center
for what organizers call "the first ever digital medical
education conference." With the purchase of 2,400 Palm i705
wireless handhelds, CNS, along with Palm and Bluefish Wireless,
is providing its members and resident trainees with the tools
and the training to participate in a digital future. The conference
runs Saturday through Sept. 26.
"This large-scale digital effort is not just another medical
meeting with computers," says CNS President Stephen M. Papadopoulos,
M.D. "It represents a
major paradigm shift in the way we will practice neurosurgery.
Members and residents will participate in the meeting with the
assistance of a Palm handheld that will educate, organize and
simplify their complex practices."
Richard G. Ellenbogen, M.D., chairman of the CNS meeting, says,
"A wireless handheld gives us a cost-effective and safe way
to streamline processes, organize and access patient records,
write accurate prescriptions and monitor critical information
such as vital signs and medication at the point of patient care
or from outside the hospital or our offices. It can monumentally
change the way we work." Dr. Ellenbogen is the acting chairman
of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of
Washington School of Medicine, The Children's Hospital and Regional
CNS, Palm and Bluefish Wireless are creating a digital network
through which attendees can have meeting updates beamed to them
using Palm's built-in
infrared (IR) capabilities and Bluefish Wireless access points
located throughout the convention center. Bluefish Wireless is
the leading provider of wireless IR beaming technology for delivering
on-location information to handheld devices. Palm will provide
training throughout the conference. CNS purchased the handhelds
from CompuCom Systems, one of the largest multi-vendor support
providers in the nation. The company will provide attendees with
ready-to-use Palm i705 handhelds that are prepared for the digital
network and configured with customized software, information and
images. CompuCom also will provide onsite technical support during
The handhelds come preinstalled with a complete meeting program
with scientific abstracts, graphs and radiology images; convention
center guide with an exhibit floor map and hyperlinks to exhibitor
information; a Philadelphia city guide; and a complete membership
directory. The handhelds also come with innovative medical software
such as ePocrates, a clinical drug interaction database that simplifies
prescription writing and reduces errors; and BluefishRx, an electronic
prescription application that lets physicians write and sign prescriptions
and send them to a pharmacy or a patient via their wireless handhelds.
Some Palm i705 wireless functions require a subscription to Palm.net
service, sold separately.
CNS is a worldwide organization conference dedicated to promoting
public welfare through the advancement of neurosurgery , and committed
to education, research and scientific knowledge. The organization
brings together innovative technology and pioneering world leaders
for its conferences. This year speakers include: Jane Goodall,
Ph.D., noted anthropologist, humanist, and newly appointed U.
N. Messenger of Peace; Meg Whitman, chief executive officer of
eBay; J. Craig Venter, a pioneer in mapping the human genome;
Bennett M. Stein, M.D., celebrated Neurosurgeon and Emeritus Special
Lecturer; General John M. Keane, Vice-Chief, U.S. Army; and Greg
Papadopoulos, Ph.D., chief technology officer of Sun Microsystems.
Neurosurgical Honored Guest, Volker K. H. Sonntag, M.D., Endowed
Alumni Chair for Spine Research at Barrow Neurological Institute,
will offer insights into the state of the art of spinal neurosurgery,
the neurosurgeon as a mentor, and the critical importance of life
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