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Apple iPad Could Drive Mobile Health Market

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The launch of Apple’s iPad 2 has the potential to promote further mobile health advancements at hospitals and other health care facilities, InformationWeek reports. According to recent studies, clinicians have widely adopted the original iPad in conjunction with electronic health record use. Considering improvements added to the iPad 2, more physicians could embrace the computerized tablet as a way to manage EHRs and access other medical information, according to InformationWeek. John Halamka — CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston — said the iPad is helping physicians engage with patients because it allows doctors to directly show images and data to patients. Physicians are not the only health care professionals who use the iPad, the Syracuse Post-Standard reports. For example, St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in New York plans to provide its board members with iPads so they can access online documents during meetings, according to Chuck Fennell, the hospital’s CIO. In addition, workers at Crouse Hospital in New York use the devices to remotely control heating, ventilation and air conditioning in the facility.

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