iPad in Healthcare Review

I have had my iPad for nearly two months. I couldn’t wait for them to come on sale in Canada and arranged for someone to pick one up for me in the US.  I continue to be amazed by this device and, like many people, can see many potential medical applications for it.  However, I am not a doctor (though my mother, a retired nurse, still secretly wishes that I had picked a career in medicine) and cannot speak with any authority on actual use of the iPad in a healthcare setting.   Hence, I have been actively looking for any first-hand accounts of physicians using an iPad and I found one today.

Dr. Henry Feldman is hospitalist in a US hospital and wrote an in-depth account of his experience using an iPad to make his rounds.  Overall, he was very enthusiastic, stating that “In general, it was incredibly useful”.  Specific comments include:

  • “For any provider who is highly mobile this blows the doors off of the COWS (computer on wheels) which is like rolling a file cabinet around.”
  • “Battery life is epic …. On an average full 13 hour stretch with heavy use burned 28% of the battery”
  • “I was worried that it would be ‘heavy’, but found that it wasn’t hard to carry all day (and we really moved around a lot).”
  • “The device itself is very fast and wakeup from sleep or app switching is essentially instant”
  • “Performance was amazing, with screens updating faster than many of the desktops on the wards.”
  • “Showing patient’s their EDD/ERCP pics, results/trends … really helped with understanding by the patients.”
  • “Probably the most useful was rounding (or the nurse snagging you as you walked by) and during a trigger where I could stay at the bedside and do/see everything and not leave my critically ill patient.”

Reading Dr. Feldman’s complete post it is clear that he is a “geek” doctor (he talked about tweaking MySQL from the iPad).  That said, his enthusiasm is clear and his observations on what makes the iPad useful are illuminating.

Mike

One response to “iPad in Healthcare Review

  1. Here is another article that identifies hospitals planning iphone/ipad deployments:

    http://www.mobilehealthwatch.com/blog/healthcare-revisits-tablets

    Mike

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