This is being republished from MobileHealthComputing.com
In the Washington Post, you may have caught the article titled, "With the iPad, Apple may just
revolutionize medicine." How will the iPad revolutionize medicine? This
weekend, I saw a few medical students attending the Association of
MD/MBA Programs 8th Annual Conference and at least two students were
taking notes on the iPad.
So, how will this mobile
device revolutionize medicine? If the iPad becomes ubiquitous in the
hospital setting and if health care providers are using this mobile
device to access patient data and imaging studies, then the small and
light iPad could improve efficiencies in many aspects. However, we know
that the iPad is not a "rugged" device, so will we see other versions
that are specifically designed for the health care environment? We've
seen several manufacturers create Mobile Clinical Assistants like the
Motion C5 and the Panasonic Toughbook H1. These devices are designed for
inpatient settings, so will we see a "clinical" version of the iPad
emerge soon? The addition of a silicon sleeve won't protect it from
other common hospital forces like splashes, drops, and germs.
iPad has been engineered for the consumer market, but let's see what
Apple comes up with for the health care industry.