Company and product:
Company: HarperCollins Interactive
Address: 10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022-5299
Phone: 212-207-7000 212-207-7057 800-242-7737
Email: information@... interactive@...
Product: HealthDesk ISBN 0-06-279005-6
Summary: medical patient information database with some medical
Rating (1-4, 1 = poor, 4 = very good)
Ease of use 2
Help systems 2
Hardware required 3
Local Support 1
Personal medical information database with a number of categories.
There is also a small amount of medical reference material.
Comparison of features and specifications
Installation is straightforward and posed no problems. The program is
shipped on four 1.44 meg disks.
One factor is that an enormous amount of data is possibly to be input
before the program will do much for you. Have your full medical
history, probably more than you have on hand, ready for the program.
Ease of use
The program is relatively easy to use, once you get used to the fact
that it isn't going to get any better, and there simply is not much
information in it.
There is online help, but most of the time you will not need it.
The program produced no problems with other software.
HarperCollins Interactive is not very. Interactive, that is. I have
had almost no response from them over the years.
The minimalist pamphlet included with the program gives you almost no
information about the program and what it will do.
Any computer capable of running Windows 3.1. A colour monitor would
be an asset for some areas.
A number of sections are available for inputting data. However, it
doesn't do much.
The HealthBook online in the program provides somewhat less
information than a generic home medical reference or first aid book.
Extensive medical history compiled beforehand.
I am inescapably reminded of Dave Barry's take on "home finance"
software that purports to "help" you with your finances. Barry says
that to him, financial help means money, preferably in cash. Instead
financial software allows you to type in how much you spent, and how
much you spent it on, and then the computer tells you (are you ready
for this?) how much you spent, and what you spent it on. In the same
way, HealthDesk allows to type in all kinds of information about your
health, and then ...
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