iPad in Health Care

Posted on January 13, 2011 I Written By

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Last month Information Week reported on a study by HIMSS of iPad use in health care.

Data showed that nearly 70% of the attendees were from hospitals or healthcare organizations with more than 1,500 employees, and 15% of attendees were executive-level staff or physicians.

More than 25% of the HIMSS respondents plan to deploy the iPad and other iOS devices immediately and nearly 70% plan to deploy the devices within the next year.

I must admit that I have been amazed at the uptake and power of the iPad. After attending the CES conference in Las Vegas last week, you can see a whole slew of iPad copy cat’s that are working to provide the same benefits of the iPad. There’s no doubt that health care will be a major user of this type of device.

The information week article does point out the two biggest challenges with the iPad in health care:

Nearly 75% identified secure configuration and deployment as the number one iPad IT management challenge, and 53% identified mobile application deployment as a key issue.

Security is definitely an important concern that will be ongoing, but is definitely manageable. Then, it’s just getting software vendors to actually leverage an iPad device and it’s unique interface as opposed to just porting their current interface to the iPad. This will take some time.

Now I just need to find a way to get me an iPad. I bet they’ll have a bunch of free iPad giveaways at HIMSS. Maybe I’ll get lucky.