The New iPad
March 12, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Unless you spent last week on the dark side of the moon, you probably noted that the technology highlight of the week was the announcement of the new iPad. It doesn’t seem to have a name right now, it’s just new. Industry pundits report that Apple plans to sell one million of these beautiful devices on the first day – this all for a product category that is only a couple of years old.
The impact of the iPad on the medical profession is already clear. Over 20 percent of U.S. doctors use an iPad for some type of medical purpose. In Europe, the usage exceeds 25 percent. No other device has ever had such an impact on a profession as the iPad has had on the global community of doctors.
While much of the focus of the mobile health industry has been on the adoption of technology by consumers, the use of technology by doctors is equally important. Fundamentally, mobile health solutions will succeed when they connect doctors with their patients using a common language. The iPad is clearly plays a role in this process.
We understand that making this process engaging for doctors is key to the success of the entire solution. So, we have an aggressive iPad development effort underway here at Preventice that includes building applications doctors can use to monitor the health and progress of their patients.
Of course, patients also stand to benefit from these applications. One example of an application that enhances the doctor-patient relationship is HealthClips Rx, which converts traditional patient training into exciting and interactive videos for patients to read on their iPads. Having better informed patients and improved ways for doctors to interact with them is a nice way to use a new beautiful device.