Posted by: David Harley | July 29, 2010

iPads, Eye Pads, and other Medical Matters

Drew Cullen reports in the Register today that 500 Australian medical staff will be trialling the use of iPads next year in hospitals in Victoria, following the example of a hospital district in Visalia, California, which ordered 100 of the things.

Well, I can see the attraction of an iGadget that’s not very much more expensive than a low-end netbook, looks way cooler (even if it doesn’t have the full functionality of a netbook – yes, I know it has some features that a cheap netbook is unlikely to have), and is much cheaper than a medical tablet PC specifically designed for rough treatment in a demanding hospital environment.

I can’t help wondering, though, how many of these machines are going to be still around and functioning correctly six months after they’re first allocated.

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