Skip to main content
STUDENTS! Join our social media pages to stay informed of new features, versions, and upcoming contests!
Like us on Facebook!

Follow us on Google+!




 CompTracker Blog 
Thursday, June 04 2009

Wondering how PDAs and website functions are going to collaborate in CompTracker Version 5.0 coming out this September?  Here are the answers!

Just so you are aware of our intentions regarding the use of PDAs with CompTracker: it will never go away!  We are expanding the use of certain parts of the system to bring you more BENEFITS (see the GREAT BENEFITS below) but there will ALWAYS be a need for mobile data capture if paper systems are to be eliminated in every possible aspect of our clients' needs!

You will still REQUIRE your students to use PDAs if you:

  • ... don't know who all of your preceptors are in advance of sending your students to site (enough information to give them EACH their own CompTracker login).  You will need the PDA to capture these users' signatures.
  • ... are trying to get rid of paper completely and your students are going to need to enter some information while in an "offline" setting (or an inconvenient location to get to a connected computer).  You will need the PDA to enter the information as needed, instead of jotting notes and trying to remember missed information at a computer later on.
  • ... want to capture REAL signatures as opposed to electronic (this is based on personal/school preference ONLY; secure electronic signatures are still as binding as signing).  This is also preferred by some accrediting bodies, so you might want to check before making the decision.
  • ... need students to use PDAs in Clinical or Field settings and want them to practice during labs.  This will give them exposure to the PDA interface before the high stress environment of the real world practice site, giving them one less thing to worry about on their practicum.

You will NOT require students to use PDAs if:

  • ... your students are tracking in a lab setting, where enough computers are available for students to use individually, AND none of the criteria in the first section applies.
  • ... the program is still using paper logbooks to track real-time, and your students are using CompTracker at this stage strictly for duplication into electronic format and approvals (AND none of the criteria in the first section applies).
  • ... NONE of the criteria in the first section applies.

Some GREAT benefits you can reap in having the extended COLLABORATION of PDA and website technology:

  • ... students can enter critical data at the point of care on their PDA, and then expand on their work after uploading to the website, before submission.  This will give them the opportunity to provide more detailed treatment histories and feedback/comments.
  • ... students who have hardware trouble or are in the process of receiving a device will have another entry point when necessary.
  • ... you can still control where the actions happen, so students and instructors can either have the option or be forced one way or the other, depending on your program needs.

If you're still wondering what all of this means for YOU, give me a call!  Or add your comments here, maybe you have a question that is on everyone's mind.

Thanks for reading!  I look forward to providing more valuable information through this blog, so please subscribe so you can stay tuned!


Happy tracking,


Posted by: Kathryn Fraser AT 05:15 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email

Post comment
Email Address

(max 750 characters)
* Required Fields
Note: All comments are subject to approval. Your comment will not appear until it has been approved.

 Educator Newsletter 

(We do not abuse the privilege of having your email address in our system, and will not be providing it to ANYONE else for ANY reason, without explicit permission from you.)

MORE than custom software development
Great Big Solutions Ltd.
Edmonton, AB
Phone: 1-866-432-3280