pharmacy technology

Tech Help!!

I’m starting Pharmacy school next month, and I’m afraid I might be due for a new laptop. My current one is coming up on 3 years old in December and it’s starting to run a little slow.

Besides that, I wanted a tablet for in class note-taking purposes.
I am at a complete loss as to where to start!

Does anyone have any laptops they recommend? I might stick to dell as my pharmacy school has an on site IT repair for Dell computers which could be helpful in the future.

I do not need the computer for gaming (although if it could run the Sims 4 that’d be a bonus 😝). So your average run of the mill stats should be fine, but I would like recommendations for what you all use.

The bigger issue is the tablet. I need the tablet to be able to run word, and your other run of the mill functions.

Brands:
-I get it, Apple has the monopoly and most people choose their products. The iPads are beautiful and I know run word processing programs. However, price tag 😰
-currently an Apple iPad Mini 4 (most current) and the Apple iPad Air (current model) run at about the same price ~$400-$500 with taxes.
(I’m inclined to get the larger one because why would I pay the same price for a smaller screen? That doesn’t make sense.

Now, what are non Apple tablets like? Samsung users out there? I hope they don’t have software compatibility issues, and will be able to fulfill my needs.

Other brands?

Should I consider a very small notebook (if that’s what they’re called? Netbook?)
They are around 9-11" screens and are microscopic laptops. They’d be portable, and more affordable, but every model I look at gets bad reviews for being junky.

Any advice and help is appreciated! I want to know what you all use in pharmacy school to get you to success!

-thanks Pharmblr!

theverge.com
Smart skin patch knows when you need your meds

Researchers from South Korea have laid the groundwork for a dermal patch that not only dispenses medication continuously, but also knows when to stop.

A two-inch long patch made of stretchable nano-material, it can monitor muscle activity and body temperature. Current practical applications for the patch include drug delivery in patients with Parkinson’s disease, where muscle contractions and tremors can trigger medication release.

The researchers hope that in the future, more functions like wireless connectivity for remote monitoring can be achieved as the technology matures. The researchers estimate that the patch will not be ready for consumer use for another five years.