Apple’s revolutionary iPad becoming a fixture in hospitals

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.

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40 Comments

  1. Now if we can connect to the spending in Washington and out a lot of those useless, problematic, virus infested, Windows PC ‘s. It may actually help balance the budget and keep the government buzzing long in spite of itself!

  2. Now if we can connect to the spending in Washington and out a lot of those useless, problematic, virus infested, Windows PC ‘s. It may actually help balance the budget and keep the government buzzing long in spite of itself!

  3. the tablet form factor is going to take over EVERY profession where people are on their feet and formerly used a clip board from the football sidelines to the factory floor. no brainer.

  4. the tablet form factor is going to take over EVERY profession where people are on their feet and formerly used a clip board from the football sidelines to the factory floor. no brainer.

  5. I tell you one place Congress could use the iPad—get rid of the Congressional printing office putting out pallets of copies of bills each day. A warehouse of paper could be replaced with iPads.

  6. I tell you one place Congress could use the iPad—get rid of the Congressional printing office putting out pallets of copies of bills each day. A warehouse of paper could be replaced with iPads.

  7. The fact that you can wipe down the iPad exterior clean easily makes it more sanitary than any PC (even without considering digital viruses). In fact, all hospitals and schools should use Macs for that reason alone.

  8. The fact that you can wipe down the iPad exterior clean easily makes it more sanitary than any PC (even without considering digital viruses). In fact, all hospitals and schools should use Macs for that reason alone.

  9. @OpJ
    That would be hilarious. A politician putting an iPad
    before him to bitch about the humongous size of a
    bill instead of having his aides drag out telephone
    directory size print outs of bills.

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