iPads in Healthcare: What’s on the Wish List?

In this Mac-crazed world, the majority of people either know about, own, or want an Apple product. Apple has blazed a relentless path of new technologies and has greatly changed the way we see the world. Just think about it; before the début of the iPod were CDs, and before that…well who can remember back that far?

Finally breaking into the medical world, it seems as though Apple is about to revolutionize yet another industry. This time the heavyweight is ironically the iPad, weighing in at only 1.44 pounds.

We’ve made a list of five reasons every doctor in your life not only wants, but needs an iPad in healthcare. Don’t believe us? We made our list and checked it twice:

1. iPads in Hospitals : Paper Replacement

The iPad has the ability to replace paper and desktop computers in the hospital. In an increasingly environmentally conscious world, patients are granted the option of electronically filling out their paperwork before appointments. This saves time for patients and receptionists alike. It also provides physicians with real-time information, affording them an understanding of the condition prior to seeing the patient. Additionally, it allows doctors to readily acquire patient information and write prescriptions from anywhere in the facility.

2. iPads in Medical School : Textbook Replacement

Medical students benefit from an iPad’s educational features. Gone are the days of heavy textbooks, bulky backpacks, and messy notebooks. The iPad is a lightweight, interactive option for students to vigorously take notes during classes. Some medical schools are even going one-step further and preloading lectures, handouts, and digital textbooks on iPads for the “doctors-to-be”.

3. Medical iPad Apps : Diagnostic Tool

Some iPad medical apps actually assist doctors with their diagnostic capabilities. The saying, “there’s an app for that”, is becoming more and more commonplace in the medical world. Now, doctors have tools on their iPads to directly support patient examinations. One well-known app, Airstrip Cardiology, allows physicians to extensively review their patient’s ECG history. Another app, which has proven to be more effective than paper memory tests, evaluates individuals for the early onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

4. iPads and Patient Care: Communication Enhancement

Doctors are able to explain conditions to patients in a comprehensive manner. iPads facilitate doctor-patient engagement not only virtually through the use of online portals, but in person as well. With the use of a tablet, doctors can show patients exact procedures before performing surgeries. This allows patients to gain a fuller understanding of their medical treatment and any potential complications. Imagine trying to do that bedside with a desktop computer? Yikes.

5. iPads and Mobile Viewing: Information Exchange

The exchange of information is more readily accessible on a mobile viewer. If a doctor is called upon to view an image at home, an iPad allows him/her to make a diagnosis right from the living room. This eliminates the need for a physician to run back to the office to view an image. On the iPad, the physician can simply click on the “Mobile Viewer” app and pull up real-time images to make assessments from the comforts of home. Want to see for yourself? Email DICOM Grid or request a demo to see a mobile viewer in action.

Conclusion? Make sure to pick up an iPad for all the doctors on your “nice” list.

Happy Holidays from DICOM Grid!

Catherine Slotnick, Marketing Manager

About Catherine Slotnick

Catherine Slotnick is a passionate healthcare marketer with a deep interest in the latest & greatest in the Health IT space. As Ambra Health's Director of Marketing, Catherine primarily focuses on creating and sharing thought leadership content in the radiology and informatics space. Catherine graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in Psychology & Art History. When she's not writing, she enjoys cooking and petting dogs that aren't hers.

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