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Putting Apple's iPad To Work In Your Hospital

Lots of uses for the iPad. Doctors crave it.  Employees want it.  Legacy IT vendors...ahh...maybe not.  They didn't invent it, can't control it, don't like it.  Still, it's more a question of 'how soon' not 'whether.'  Get in front of the wave or get steamrolled.

From IT Business Edge Network: a slideshow of 10 business uses for your iPad.  I can give you 50 more if you're curious.

From the American Medical Association: Health care embraces the iPad as physicians jump on board.

From MedCity News: now there's an FDA-approved radiology app for the iPad.

Still unsure about Apple's platform?   Diabetes apps (this one from London-based Cellnovo) are being described as the "iTunes of diabetes care."
"David Kliff, an independent diabetes analyst, who publishes the Diabetic Investor, wrote on his web site that Cellnovo’s approach is a “somewhat radical departure from the traditional approach to the market, which is more concerned with building a cheaper version of what’s already on the market while ignoring how patients actually use these systems in a real world setting.”
Finally, from Network World: Adventist Health System struggles with integrating the iPad into legacy systems.

A morning after afterthought:  Fact A: Physicians are jumping on the iPad bandwagon.  Fact B: in many markets, providers still compete fiercely for physician loyalty.  So does Fact A plus Fact B mean we'll see providers "competing on apps?"  Just a thought...

Even More: From KENS Channel 5 in San Antonio, TX: Physicians at San Antonio's WellMed Clinic embrace iPad technology as an important clinical tool.  
“I don’t have to go run to my office or I don’t have to run home and carry around these great big 20 pound textbooks,” Dr. Robin Eickhoff explained. “I can just hit a button. It’s wonderful.”

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