iPad for Medical Purposes

Discussion in 'iPad' started by dvdhsu, Jan 27, 2010.

  1. dvdhsu macrumors 6502a


    Mar 28, 2008
    Palo Alto, CA
    I was thinking, and this could be very viable. Many doctors use the iPhone already, with the plethora of applications.

    The iPad has a bigger screen, and should be even more popular. Also, the option for lack of 3G should help it sell to.
  2. southerndoc macrumors 65816


    May 15, 2006
    Too big to carry around, and the keyboard is too slow to type medical record notes.

    I guess it would be useful to look at x-rays at the bedside, although the resolution is probably not up to par. (Don't recall right off hand what the resolution of our dedicated PACS monitors are.)
  3. Paul B macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2007
    Lots of doctors already use tablets without keyboards. The iPad will definitely be popular amongst medical staff, but that represents a very small percentage of the consumers that Apple is targeting.
  4. Matthew Yohe macrumors 68020

    Oct 12, 2006
    Coming from someone who has not used it, or has not thought of using voice recording. (It has a mic)

    Looks like it wouldn't be that bad... I see some 2 MP (1600x1200) monitors being marketed as PACS quality. That's the bottom of the line, but still, a small light tablet for this purpose with a resolution of 1024x768at 132 ppi? Would work quite well.
  5. tys macrumors 6502

    Jan 3, 2008
    The Medical field is completely devoid of any creativity or imagination.
    "This is how it's always been done" is their answer to most questions.
    The iPad is too good to stoop to that level.:p
  6. Chaos123x macrumors 68000

    Jul 8, 2008
    People in the medical industry are only in it to make money you think there gonna buy expensive apple gear?
  7. Surely Guest


    Oct 27, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    ^^^ Yes. If it makes the job easier and note taking more efficient.

    A touchscreen tablet is exactly what I would have wanted to integrate all clinic notes centrally when I worked in and ran a clinic.

    Having a clinic notes app with various customizable menu options (kind of like the register menu on a touchscreen at Starbucks) would make putting together on-the-spot notes while taking to a patient easy and quick.
  8. Pikemann Urge macrumors 6502

    Jan 3, 2007
    One of the very first thoughts I had was 'medical use'. I'm not a medical professional, though. Not my field.

    Bingo. The bigger screen of the iPad can only be a help.
  9. Velin macrumors 65816


    Jul 23, 2008
    Hearst Castle
    I may be negative on the iPad, but price isn't it. $500 is nothing -- literally nothing -- to hospitals and healthcare industries. They spend hundreds of dollars on just one pill or injection. Tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars on advanced monitoring machines. And millions of dollars on stuff like advanced CAT scan and MRI machines. Millions. To say nothing of staff salaries and malpractice insurance, which costs millions and millions of dollars per year.

    An iPad at $500, even if they bought 1000 of them, isn't even a rounding error at a small healthcare institution.
  10. Chaos123x macrumors 68000

    Jul 8, 2008

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