My dad's a doctor, and he started a company about eight years ago where doctors could place their charts online, bill the patients online, and it included an online scheduling system. I spent a few hours in the ER earlier this week, and all of these gave me a great idea: a multipurpose Apple medical tablet. This tablet doctors would carry would send and receive information from the hospital or practice's server (Xserve?) that stored charts, xrays, catscans, MRI's, etc. The tablet would be able to retreive and send this data all through "Charts" and "Viewer" applications. It would also including a paging application (called "Page") that would be similar to text messaging. Also, a "Library" of research and literature like the Physician's Desk Reference (a book my dad lugs around all day that's about eight inches thick) would be able to be retreived from the server. Those are the four main applications. Another set are more personal utilities. There would be a web browser to also get information, a scheduling system (that may or may not be server-based; for hospital doctors, no, but for doctors like internists (like my dad), it would be), a "notes" WP application for jotting quick things down, and a "System Preferences". The tablet, as I touched on earlier, would have slightly different functions from hospital doctors to internists and other specialty doctors. Specialty doctors would find a billing application very useful, for example, whereas it would be useless to hospital doctors. Also, the "Page" application wouldn't be as useful to specialty doctors, as the only time my dad gets paged is on certain weekends when he answers to people's questions and needs. They call his office and get the answering service, who page him with the patient's phone number and a brief synopsis of his or her condition. On the other hand, hospital doctors are paged constantly. Anyways, as I also mentioned before, the scheduling application would be server-based for specialty doctors whereas it wouldn't be for hospital doctors. The tablet could also "dock up" to various medical machines or a monitor to blow up what's on the screen. Oh, and, as I think of it, nurses could have desktop systems that would either run the MedTablet OS or at least Mac OS X with versions of these applications. I've including a mockup image of the operating system. I just pulled pictures from application packages and the system library. I know it looks silly with the serif font and pinstripes, but I thought that this look suited the function of it pretty well. What do you think?