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  • iPad is Admitted to the Hospital and Almost Expelled from College

    The iPad is definitely selling like the proverbial hotcakes. But it's interesting to see some of the unusual places welcoming the tablet and, conversely, some of the places that are somewhat rejecting its presence.

    Although it was never beyond the realm of possibility, the medical community is taking an interest in the iPad at a rate that may even surprise Apple. In addition to the countless doctors and private medical practices that now utilize the iPad's services, some hospitals are beginning to purchase the tablet computer in bulk. Kaweah Delta hospital in California, for example, just purchased one-hundred iPads for its treatment facility. Officials at the hospital say that the iPads will replace hospital laptops for every day use. Not only will iPads be employed for routine administrative tasks, they will also be tapped for activities like reviewing X-ray images and EKG results.

    While the iPad still isn't cheap by any stretch of the imagination, in the medical field, however, the iPad isn't all that expensive either. Some touch-screen devices widely used in hospitals cost upwards of five times as much as the basic iPad. In this regard, putting the iPad to use in hospitals could result in substantial savings for the medical facilities that embrace the device.

    Of course, what's hot to a hospital may not be so cool to a college. More than a few college campuses around the US have begun complaining about the iPad causing problems for available Wi-Fi networks. The most high-profile example of such is the situation now unfolding at Princeton University. As a result of widespread IP address confusion, Princeton has already begun "banishing certain iPads from its network" as roughly half of all the iPads on Princeton's network have had issues thus far. Although the IT geniuses at Princeton are tinkering with a plausible workaround for the problem, the situation at Princeton has been playing out at several other college campuses as well.

    Ultimately, it appears that the iPad will eventually find a prominent home in both hospitals and institutions of higher learning. For now, however, the medical community may very well have a leg up on its collegiate counterpart in putting the iPad to swift and efficient use.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPad is Admitted to the Hospital and Almost Expelled from College started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 31 Comments
    1. AtticusFinch's Avatar
      AtticusFinch -
      What an interesting article. In East Texas alone the demand for iPad's isn't as high as say living in Houston, or Dallas. I am pretty confident I'm the only one within my 56,000 populated area that has one. In college at Stephen F Austin State University I KNOW i'm the only one as It was confirmed when I had to take it to the technical office for them to fix my wi-fi issue, which safari couldn't download the plugin to allow me to connect (go figure).

      I'm also a nursing major, and I've already bought and have become very familiar with a lot of the Anatomy applications. I just had my 2nd practical over the muscles and tissues, and a 19.99 app called Muscle System Pro helped me pass it with flying colors.

      The BIGGEST seller, is the Note applications that we are starting to see. (I've actually wanted to write posts for you guys, about my college experience with my iPad, as it certainly has enhanced it in many many ways) My Anatomy book is over 700 pages, its bulky, thick and really irritating to lug around campus. Using an application called SmartNote, I can import pdf files to the application, which then allows me to write directly on the pdf files, as if I were highlighting a textbook. So while people carry there Anatomy lab book, there anatomy lecture book, the muscles and bone structure manual and there notebook for class studies. I carry... my iPad.
    1. dalep's Avatar
      dalep -
      Quote Originally Posted by lolcats1 View Post
      ambulance services use toughbooks. i don't want my life depending on some gimmicky device. you can drop a toughbook or sling it around, and it's still good to go.

      ipads aren't reliable enough
      And you know iPads are not reliable enough because.......???
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by awesomeiPod View Post
      Jim, she's dead.

      Are they going to use the iPad to check the heartbeats, blood transfusion (why did I say that?), or for any form of monitors? That's pretty surprising that many businesses rely on the iPad. What's next?
      Usually devices like this are set up to provide the doctor or nurse some sort of alert system if anything is amiss. The actual monitors most likely will not be the ipad itself. The iPad, if I had to guess, will be a means of quickly looking over data, minimal data entry, and MOSTLY an attractive way to show patients/clients results, scans, xrays, etc.

      Quote Originally Posted by dalep View Post
      And you know iPads are not reliable enough because.......???
      There are specialized devices made to take out into the field. The ipad, in its current state, clearly is not. Will this change? If the ipad proves itself in the market, it very well may.
    1. extremzocker's Avatar
      extremzocker -
      isnt this the reason why Israel banned the iPads? because of the wifi signal being "too strong"
    1. cartman13's Avatar
      cartman13 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mlee2010 View Post
      This could be an interesting move. Now if the automotive world adopted this for when they check codes and run diagnostics on your vehicle. Apple could have the ring to rule them all, so to speak.
      been done. do a search for Rev (i forgot the name of he other app). you can order a kwiwi wifi that opens a wifi connnection between your iphone and obdii port.
    1. dalep's Avatar
      dalep -
      [QUOTE=There are specialized devices made to take out into the field. The ipad, in its current state, clearly is not. Will this change? If the ipad proves itself in the market, it very well may.[/QUOTE]

      Still a crap reply, this doesn't mean that iPads are unreliable does it???

      It means that the iPad may not be suitable to be used in a situation where it might be subjected to rough treatment etc etc, that is not the definition of unreliable....

      Comments like that are about as useful as all of the 'iPads are crap' etc etc,from a very large number of commentators that have not actually even used one for any length of time
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Yea but he is basically saying as a feild laptop they are not gonna cut it but as a in-house device they will be ok. Take a look at the laptops that are meant for outside the hosptial use and the ones that stay there on carts and in offices. The ones that stay in the hosptial are not worthy to be taken out in the field.
    1. mlee2010's Avatar
      mlee2010 -
      by no means could i currently replace the toughbooks or current IBMs alot of offices are using. My old doc was a fellow Apple supporter but believed in the touch tablets. It wont be overnight but I this could be that mainstream "appliance", if I may use the term lightly, but a tool that could be found anywhere and everywhere.
    1. Landslideclothing's Avatar
      Landslideclothing -
      Amateur Surgeon does
    1. bignighttrain's Avatar
      bignighttrain -
      This sounds grate for docters and patiants see your x rays instantly on your ipad and schools would be smart to implament ipads into their programs. Your homework on your ipad hit a button when you step onto campus or the class room it sends it to your teachers ipad. Interaction with the students and with video phone calls or confrenceses with your tuter or teacher helps us alot. It's like irobots and technology is the winner.

      Thanks BigMacBook1300
    1. JamesX007's Avatar
      JamesX007 -
      Friend is a doctor.. she has iPad. But it is her personal iPad and not a hospital issued one. So far she loves it.