Recently, Tim Cook has visited a VA hospital in Palo Alto, being accompanied by Rep. Anna Eshoo of the CA-18 congressional district. Like many other medical facilities in the country, the Palo Alto VA hospital is using Apple’s iPads to help treat members of the U.S. armed forces. Tim Cook tweeted the following:
"Honored to meet doctors & Veterans with @RepAnnaEshoo at @VAPaloAlto, now using iPads to help treat Vets & families."
The VA Palo Alto Health Care System consists of three inpatient facilities located at Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Livermore, plus seven outpatient clinics in San Jose, Fremont, Capitola, Monterey, Stockton, Modesto, and Sonora. VAPAHCS operates nearly 900 beds, including three nursing homes and a 100-bed homeless domiciliary - all to serve more than 85,000 enrolled Veterans.
Tim Cook’s visit took place just a day after Robert McDonald, the newly appointed Secretary of Veterans Affairs, visited Palo Alto VA as part of his tour of VA facilities across the U.S.
iOS is gradually becoming one of the main tools in the medical field as Apple reaches out to healthcare providers about its technology,as we have reported in a previous story. As AppleInsider points out, it seems that insurance companies are also starting to see the benefit of iOS devices, and are said to take take advantage of upcoming innovations like Apple’s iWatch.
At the most recent earnings call, we've seen that iPad shipments are decreasing, but Cook and his team believes that enterprise users will represent the next big audience. And with this appearance, Tim Cook is perhaps publicly showing how important iPad's role is.