Doctors supercharge their Apple iPads with

“Doctors love their iPads — even more than you might think,” Robert McMillan reports for Wired.

“Over in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, a group of more than 60 doctors have revamped their mobile phones and iPads for use in emergency departments across the region with a little help from a familiar application: the popular file-sharing services,” McMillan reports. “Using Box, they’ve built a new system that lets them share procedures, journal articles and — perhaps most importantly — conversations.”

McMillan reports, “Last year, a startup called Doximity launched a kind of social network for doctors — letting them share information, ask each other questions, and even provide referrals. It now has more than 100,000 doctors.”

Much more in the full article here.


  1. Damn you Apple, get off your ass and buy Dropbox already.

    There is evidence piling up every second of every day that the lack of a file system, whether native to the device or residing in the cloud, is hurting Apple’s mobile thrust into the enterprise.

    I just don’t understand Cook’s inaction. Either buy Dropbox or create a cloud file system that integrates with devices across iOS and OS X.

    1. There is absolutely no need to expose the file system to an iOS user. Dropbox does not expose the files system to the user.

      Apple’s problem is that iCloud is chained to the Apple ecosystem and can only function transparently amongst Apple products. Open up iCloud to a developer API and your problem would be solved. BTW- Dropbox isn’t for sale; to Apple or anyone else. They realize they have a gold mine.

    2. There’s already a collection of open source alternatives to DropBox: SparkleShare, Syncany, iFolder, IQBox, and ownCloud to select a few. So buying DropBox doesn’t seem like a good idea to me. Now Apple getting it together to implement a better solution sounds just right…

  2. Don’t worry, the iPad is still a toy. Only people who sit in cubes and work with Office do real work. If your job requires you to hold your tablet in portrait; last for more than 9 hrs.; and connect to something other than WiFi, then it is not real. You are just dragging down those in society who do real work so you can play with you iToys.

    1. The clinicians I know aren’t referring to iPad as a toy. One used the phrase “philosopher’s stone” meaning an amulet of curing, and one resident called it a portable Rosetta Stone. Another praised the iPad’s high-res display of operated calculi.

      Perhaps Apple should have adopted the “slate” terminology after all. Hmm…speaking of stones, I wonder if geologists are “toying” with iPad…

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