Thursday, February 18, 2010

The iPad for Healthcare

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Healthcare Technology Online recently looked at how the iPad could become a valuable tool for physicians.

The pros they found for physicians using the device were:
-Affordable
-Size allows for better viewing of records than SmartPhones
-Long battery life for shifts
-Wifi enabled
-Internal keyboard for easy data entry

The cons when using the device in the medical field are:
-Battery is not replaceable, must be recharged, which could cause problems on long shifts
-Portable but not pocket sized
-Not a rugged device, can be broken if it's dropped too many times
-No digital camera in the device

Do you see the iPad becoming an integrated part in the day-to-day lives of physicians? Will this be a tool that will enhance their abilities to provide better care for their patients?
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