Let me get this out of the way right of the top… I’m a luddite.
It took me 8 years from the launch of the iPod to get one. Why would I buy a device to play all of my music in yet another format after I invested thousands of dollars in CDs. They work and more importantly don’t cost me extra money. For goodness sake I still don’t even own an iPhone or any cell phone right now…shocking I know. Some people have said I’m cheap, but I prefer the term frugal. 🙂
I turn on the TV the other day, and the talking head is droning on about Apple. I ignored him until he mentions that their earnings are up 90%. Now he has my attention. These numbers are huge, largely due to iPhone and to a lesser extent iPad sales. The iPhone I kinda get, it’s a phone with all kinds of apps and looks cool. Can someone explain to me why I should care about the iPad? Is it a phone or the Apple version of a netbook. I’ll admit that sometimes I am “temporarily incorrect” when it comes to some products, but I am mystified about this iPad thing.
To put it into a larger context should healthcare IT decision makers, in Canada or elsewhere, take it seriously. I have read about many of the serious misgivings that CIOs (in healthcare and other verticals) have about Apple products. Less so about the iMac, but more about the iPhone and it’s perceived issue around security and suitability in a corporate environment vs as a consumer device. I would be surprised to hear if Hospital and RHA CIOs have not been approached by staff/doctors about integrating their iPhones into the corporate IT environment. It is not like doctors are afraid of telling you what they think or want.
What exactly can an iPad do in the Canadian healthcare IT market that can’t be done by existing hardware devices. Apple may be successful in selling these to consumers, but what real value does it actually bring to healthcare IT environments?
When I ask these questions, I feel like the teacher from Ferris Bueller’s day off…”anyone anyone…Bueller?”