Either you care or you don’t… Apple just announced the release of their latest and greatest invention, the Apple iPad. The latest addition to the long line of innovative products from Apple is poised to change the landscape of healthcare delivery as we know it. Doctors and nurses around the world are salivating over this new gadget which can make both of their jobs easier with the swipe of their fingers and a touch of the screen. Are you ready to be “revolutionized” and see healthcare “transformed” right before your very eyes?
This is what doctors and nurses have been waiting for… The Apple iPad. With its sleek, stylish design and sizable screen (10″ on the diagonal) – it’s basically a notepad on electronic steroids. Are you familiar with the revolution of smartphones, particularly the iPhone with all its capabilities and the thousands of applications available to it? If so, think of the Apple iPad as a extra large version, without the phone calling option. Doctors and nurses have already found the iPhone to be a great addition to helping with patient care and healthcare delivery and now the iPad is ready to take it a few steps further.
Here’s a brief scenario taken from the article, “Medicine is the Apple iPad Sweet Spot.” – “The nurse sets up the chart, the doctor walks in with a stylus and examines you, and when he’s done the chart goes into the file and the prescription is waiting at the desk for you, printed clearly, along with your Coordination of Care Record. Hand the nurse your credit card and you’re off. You can put a full day’s work in there and give one to every doctor. Or you can load charts remotely from the nursing station as each patient is admitted, and keep one in each exam room.”
It’s easy to see that this device is out to change the face of healthcare all the while saving the trees! The iPad is available in 3 different options starting at $499 with the high-end version going for around $900. Not a bad starting point and with the iPhone already at a low cost of $200 with a phone carrier subsidy – the iPad can be subsidized by an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) company so it should be very affordable. But with new technology comes bugs – sure the iPad sounds like the greatest mobile invention ever, but is it really?
Check out this article on bnet.com – The 5 Worst Things About the Apple iPad.
Here’s another argument about technology interference with healthcare – “Are Health IT Designers, Testers and Purchasers Trying to Harm Patients?”
I haven’t had a chance to see one of these things in person just yet, but when I do I’ll be sure and tell you what I think firsthand. I can tell you that I love all the products that I already do have from Apple, the iPhone and iMac computer. The look and functionality of Apple products are second to none in my opinion and the iPad is another fine addition to the Apple lineage.