Having just had the mid-term elections here in the United States, coupled by the fact that I live in California, I heard a multitude of campaign promises. The mailings and phone calls got so bad that I just avoided the mailbox and stopped answering the phone altogether. During the election season we heard a lot of campaign promises from lower taxes, to balanced budgets, more cops on the streets and more teachers in the classrooms. All of which, frankly sounded like lip service to me.
With all those promises, I have never heard one like the promise Australian Victorian Premier John Brumby made as part of a proposed new state health policy which would put iPads in every doctor’s hands in Victoria’s public hospitals. Brumby states, “ we see their potential to impact positively on long-term hospital problems such as scheduling across the health ecosystem”. Victoria has invested over $360 million in a major upgrade to their public health systems record keeping.
Now, if the United States ever gets their health care system worked out, maybe we can start making doctors more efficient and get a tablet computer in all major hospitals. I know a lot of doctors that use iPads to expedite record keeping or to pull up information to share with their patients. I can see doctors reading x-rays on iPads in the future and in essence have a high end media to help foster the betterment of their patients lives.
I think business and industry has just scratched the surface on how iPads and tablet computers can increase efficiency and profitability. Now I am not an expert in the health care industry but I can’t help but think if we implemented more iPads and tablet computers the industry as a whole can save a boat load of money thus decreasing costs and eliminating waste.
How would you implement either iPads and/or tablet computers in the health care industry or any other industry for that matter?