two 3.5-in diskettes, requires Windows 3.0 or greater, 20 MHz 386-based computer or faster, 2 MB RAM (4MB RAM recommended), VGA, and mouse; documentation: 44-pp manual, $99.95, Berkeley, Calif, HealthDesk Corp, 1993.
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Health consciousness is not just a phase our society is going through. More and more, we find our patients expressing concerns about their own well-being, asking us how they can stay healthy and what they could be doing to live longer. They ask questions about illnesses, about new treatments and diagnostic modalities. As a primary care practitioner, I find it gratifying that our patients are willing to play an active role in preventive care.
HealthDesk for Windows is promoted as an all-around health management and educational tool, which enables users to take a more active role in their personal and family health. It succeeds in these claims, and, furthermore, it is easy to use and a pleasure to operate.
The program contains several modules for recording information—"Medical Records"—and several educational modules—"Health Managers"—which also monitor the state of the user's lifestyle and efforts at preventive maintenance. They are easily accessed through
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