Scotland’s National Health Service: Apple iPhone 4, iPod touch best for clinical environment

Apple Store Canada“A new Scottish government sponsored report into the use of Apple mobile ‘idevices’ in the NHS says the iPhone 4 and the IPod Touch 16GB are best for the clinical environment,” Sarah Bruce reports for E-Health Insider.

“The report, commissioned by NHS Dumfries and Galloway and carried out on behalf of Atos Origin Alliance, addressed the potential use of the iPhone 4 16GB, iPhone Touch 8GB and 32Gb and iPad 3G 16GB in the NHS,” Bruce reports. “The board commissioned the work to support its plans to implement an iPhone application designed to provide access to its patient administration system to ensure information is available at the point of care.”

“It says that the operating systems on the idevices had supported disk encryption since the iPhone 3GS and that iPads, iPods larger than 8GB and the iPhone 4 models now include a hardware encryption accelerator,” Bruce reports. “However, the 8Gb iPod Touch does not support an encryption mechanism, meaning that data on the device could be accessible.”

Bruce reports, “It recommends that the most secure devices for running the Cortix that will link the devices to the board’s patient administration system, were the 32GB iPod touch and the iPhone 4. It added that ‘the iPad lagged some way behind in terms of software updates.'”

MacDailyNews Note: Not as of Monday:
• Apple releases iOS 4.2; ‘Find My iPhone’ (or iPad or iPod touch) now free – November 22, 2010
• iOS 4.2.1 Software Update contains over 100 new features for iPad; here’s the full list – November 22, 2010

Full article here.


  1. National Health Service! But aren’t the Scottish peeps Taxed Enough Already?
    Over here in the living shrine to Ayn Rand, we have doctors dealing with a hodgepodge of paperwork, incompatible computers (mostly running some variant of Wondoze) that function as overpriced and underperforming word processors. All that “the market will bring the cream to the top” stuff is Bullshit.

    I know because I use the shit everyday. Wevhave went through multiple generations of this in the almost 25 years I have been dealing with it and have seen little advantage other than better networks & HW. The software sucks like a Dyson.

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