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Introduction to the Medical Peripheral Brain

I am a family physician who developed the Medical Peripheral Brain to allow easy medical data retrieval and entry. The ability to enter information is a unique feature of the Peripheral Brain when compared to other medical information retrieval programs such as "Epocrates" and "Up to Date." The Medical Peripheral Brain provides immediate access to complete workups, labs, and prescribing information for over 680 medical conditions. It allows an infinite number of new topics to be added and for each topic to be edited using my easy data entry system. Additionally, the information in the Medical Peripheral Brain is yours forever after purchase; there are no renewall fees. I will send frequent updates that keep the brain current; you choose if and when you want to add your own personal updates. The Medical Peripheral Brain has served as a fantastic medical resource to me.

This system is adaptable to any field/discipline that deals with a lot of facts that need to be readily available and at your fingertips. The Peripheral Brain software program allows you to make an infinite number of "empty brains" - brains that do not contain any data until you name them and enter the desired information. Hence, the peripheral brain can serve as an excellent tool for those not in the medical profession. Ideal for students, instructors, those in technical fields, gatherers of information... the applications are endless.

John Timmons, MD



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What is the Peripheral Brain?

The peripheral brain is a medical information software program similar to Epocrates and other popular data retrieval programs with the following major exceptions:

  • Cost: $125 (includes Android and Apple -coming soon- smartphone Apps). The Peripheral Brain has no annual renewal fee, nor an expiration date. Like a textbook; purchase it once, it’s yours forever. Unlike a textbook, it need never become outdated (see free updates below).

  • Data entry: Users can easily enter information into the system for later use: allows an infinite number of edits, new topics, and new brains. Excellent way to store and retrieve your clinical pearls. Data entry format looks like the data retrieval mode; no confusing change in style or look.

  • Operates on more than 1 device: Data entry software program can be downloaded on up to 3 computers/purchase (Microsoft Windows, Mac, or any combination of the two). It can additionally be downloaded on up to 2 smartphones or their corresponding tablets (Android, Apple, or any combination of these options). Ideal for use on home, laptop, and work computers. Data retrieval mode (a read only version) will work on all computers and smartphones with the installed software program. You will not be able to enter data on smartphones or their tablets, but the data entry feature is in the works for these Apps and will be included in a free upgrade when it is ready. At this time, you are given the choice of having edits and additions made on your computer automatically updated onto your mobile devices when opening the Peripheral Brain App.

  • Free updates: New medical information uploaded frequently with instant notification to allow immediate download

  • Cuts to the chase: Most relevant clinical information listed first; designed to limit needless skimming through reams of useless information

  • Customer able to create limitless medical and non medical Brains : Create new brains of your own choosing on any topic inside and outside of medicine

Supported Desktop Systems

# Microsoft Windows XP

# Microsoft Windows 7 & Newer

# Apple Mac OS X 10.6 & Newer

Supported Mobile Devices

# Android 2.1 & Newer

# iPad and iPhone - Coming Soon

Sample Content from the Peripheral Brain (all items in blue are active and can be viewed):


Other Features of the Peripheral Brain:

  • 680 plus topics and growing

  • Synchronization: Your 3 computers loaded with data entry software and your 2 pocket devices are synced to each other via your own personal Internet account. If you have Internet access, each brain will automatically update itself to the latest version when connected to the net.

  • All topics automatically alphabetized. Includes the main index, new topics that the customer enters, and topic groups (Diabetes, HTN, etc).

  • Synonyms automatically link to the desired topic. No longer need to deal with the frustration of looking up a synonym such as “canker sore - see aphthous ulcer.”

  • Data entry system automatically backs itself up at an online site. As an additional precaution, may easily back up the data entry software program on memory cards

  • HTML formatting by using the F1-F6 function keys. You no longer need to use the return key or manually indent. This feature not only makes data entry easier, but organizes the data so that it indents properly when it is converted to HTML format for pocket device use

  • Link function easily enables links to other topics within the brain as well as on the Internet

  • Instant data retrieval during patient visit/at bedside. If information can not be found in the brain, you can add this information later when time allows.

Why I developed the Peripheral Brain

The struggle: We all experience the struggle on how best to keep up with the latest clinically pertinent information. Reading textbooks, journals, and other medical information sources, as well as attending medical conferences/lectures are part of the solution, but don't solve the problem of how to retain and/or easily find this information once we have read it/taken notes on it. It boils down to how do we make this information relevant and available during patient encounters? Software programs such as "Epocrates" and "Up to Date" help bridge this gap, but are limited by 1) not allowing you to enter your own information attained through readings and attending conferences, 2) not allowing you to arrange the information in a way that works best for you, and 3) the shortcomings outlined under "What is the Peripheral Brain?" listed above. Hence, the name "MyPeripheralBrain," which allows you to truly have an information system created to your own liking. You get the best of both worlds.

Brainy conception: Like many others in the early 1990's, I stored medical information for quick reference in small ring-bound notebooks that I carried in my lab coat. I used three such notebooks after my first notebook eventually became too thick for easy use. Through the years I constantly added to and updated the information, scratched out obsolete info, wrote in the margins, tore out and added more pages while trying to keep it all organized and alphabetized. My guess; such was (and still may be) the case for many of you. Besides the above limitations, there was always the fear that a notebook would be lost or damaged beyond repair. How could such obstacles as these be overcome?

I transitioned from paper notebooks to computer format in 2006 in preparation for my Family Practice Boards. Before starting this transition, I looked for a computer software program that would automatically arrange items alphabetically, automatically make links, have a backup system in place, and allow as many synonyms per topic as needed. I could not find such a program, so I embarked on developing such a system on my own. Hence, "MyPeripheralBrain" was born and has gradually progressed to its current format.

Use your brain: How many times have you heard your parents tell you this? Thanks mom and dad; I took your advice. Listen to your parents and get your own medical brain! I am thrilled that decades of medical knowledge acquired over the years is safely stored within the peripheral brain, and can't imagine practicing medicine without it. I'm sure there are many others with a similar story who would like to find a way to preserve their life's work; MyPeripheralBrain could be that ticket. And by the way, after entering all the data from my notebooks into the Medical Peripheral Brain, I was ready for those Family Practice Boards; I scored in the 99th percentile. Mom and Dad are proud of me, and I am able to stay current while also on the cutting edge. MyPeripheralBrain will be a solid step in that direction for you as well.


Conclusion

Since 2006, the Peripheral Brain has transformed from paper notebooks carried in a lab coat to a self assembling electronic notebook that easily allows data entry, editing, and retrieval. I am able to look up information in a matter of seconds with the patient sitting right in front of me. MyPeripheralBrain has been invaluable to me, including use during mission trips to remote areas of the globe. I can't imagine how I was able to practice medicine in any other way. Give it a try; I think you will come to the same conclusion.