Three reasons why doctors mourn the passing of Steve Jobs

“Doctors love their Apple products. Just walk into any hospital ward, and see the types of mobile devices we are using,” Iltifat Husain writes for MedPage Today. “At weekly Grand Rounds conferences, you see plenty of iPads in use. At physician meetings, the laptop of choice is often the Macbook Pro. The data back these anecdotal examples as well.”

“Doctors love their Apple products — and Steve Jobs was obviously an extension of these products, often cited as the singular force behind these products, and it’s why physicians who love his products mourn his passing,” Husain writes.

There are three specific reasons why:
1) Simplicity
2) Solid Build Quality
3) Uniformity

Husain writes, “A better user experience shouldn’t have to be manufactured by the end user. It should be manufactured by the device maker — something Jobs understood well. As he would often say, we want something that ‘just works.'”

Read more in the full article here.

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

11 Comments

  1. I can totally relate to this. I was really hoping that Apple would hop into the EMR/EHR development field in some way, shape or form- we are DESPERATE for a solution with Apple’s ease of use, UI touch!

    1. They would do well to offer an small scale Apple solution here in the UK. The govt have just managed to throw £12B down the drain on a failed nationwide system and are now allowing smaller regional systems. The usual suspects will take the bulk of the work, never realise even half the potential of a workable solution and stick with the tech they know, which means Apple doesn’t get a look in normally. Trouble is, software is the problem expenditure, not hardware and even off the peg systems have to be massively rewritten for every installation. Probably not worth the effort for Apple though.

      1. The software needs to know about the local regulations with regard to medical insurance coverage, among other things. These things must be highly localized for the national level.
        There are Linux/.NET efforts but they lack local support.

  2. I got an iPhone 4S on Monday, after having an iPhone 3GS for the last 2 years. All I can say is I can totally relate to the uniformity point. I turned on my new iPhone and clicked restore from iCloud. 1 hour later all my music, Apps, settings, messages, calendars and contacts were EXACTLY as the old iPhone.

    This new phone works identically to the old one, but much faster and an absolutely stunning screen…

    RIP Steve. Thanks for everything. X

  3. Husain writes, “A better user experience shouldn’t have to be manufactured by the end user. It should be manufactured by the device maker — something Jobs understood well. As he would often say, we want something that ‘just works.’”

    The author is spot on in understanding Apple. Most of the world operates on the load devices up concept rather than the “it just works” idea!

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