Apple Online Store“Emergency room doctors are using them to order lab tests and medication. Plastic surgeons are using them to show patients what they might look like after surgery. And medical residents are using them as a quick reference to look up drug interactions and medical conditions,” Monifa Thomas reports for The Chicago Sun-Times.

“Since Apple’s iPad hit the market in April, doctors at Chicago area hospitals are increasingly using the hot-selling tablet as a clinical tool,” Thomas reports. “Not only does the iPad allow doctors to view electronic medical records, wherever they are, it also gives them a way to show patients their X-rays, EKGs and other lab tests on an easy-to-read screen. Plus, it’s lighter and has a longer battery life than many laptops, making it convenient for doctors to take on rounds.”

Thomas reports, “Within the next month, the University of Chicago Medical Center plans to provide iPads to all of its internal medicine residents, expanding on a pilot program launched earlier this year. Similarly, Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood has given iPads to all of its orthopedic residents as part of a pilot program… Another hospital that has embraced the iPad is MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island. Once doctors there learned that they could access the hospital’s electronic medical records with the iPad, ‘it went through here like wildfire,’ said Dr. Richard Watson, an emergency room physician at MetroSouth. ‘At least half of our staff here in the emergency room has their own iPad and carries it and uses it.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: If iPhone doesn’t get ’em, iPad will.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Arline M.” for the heads up.]