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Netbooks Are a Technological Illness; True Doctors Use iPads

20 October 2010 No Comment

Chicago Hospitals Adopt iPad En MasseSince Apple’s iPad hit the market in April, doctors at Chicago area hospitals are increasingly using the hot-selling tablet as a clinical tool, writes Monifa Thomas on the Chicago Sun-Times.

Within the next month, the University of Chicago Medical Center plans to provide iPads to all of its internal medicine residents, expanding on a pilot program launched earlier this year. Similarly, Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood has given iPads to all of its orthopedic residents as part of a pilot program.

At U. of C., for instance, plastic surgeon Dr. Julie Parker uses her iPad to show breast-cancer patients what they might look like after reconstructive surgery.

Another hospital that has embraced the iPad is MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island. Once doctors there learned that they could access the hospital’s electronic medical records with the iPad, it went through here like wildfire, said Dr. Richard Watson, an emergency room physician at MetroSouth. At least half of our staff here in the emergency room has their own iPad and carries it and uses it.

Dr. Eric Nussbaum, MetroSouth’s emergency room chief, said the iPad also solves one of the problems created by switching from a paper-based record system to an electronic one: having to go to a desktop computer to order lab tests or type in notes on a patient.

[I was SO sure that E.R. is all fantasy fiction afterall.—Ed.]

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