As surgeons we have learnt our art on the background of science. With scientific minds we should be analyzing our practice, and many of us do. The tools with which we do this have usually been those of trawling through patient records, setting up prospective trials or keeping a log of our activities. We live in an era of technology where the great variety and availability of software and hardware makes it easier than ever to keep track of our activities. In this lecture I will cover the basics of developing a clinical logbook, data collection, outcome analysis and the tools available to help us do this. I will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of networks, handheld PC’s, laptops, tablet PC’s and other hardware for these tasks and the commercial software options for the different devices.
Presentation from APOA 2004 to be added here soon.