CBC News has a report about the Ottawa Hospital in Canada ordering 1,800 iPads to use in place of traditional paper medical charts. The hospital already has 500 iPads in use, and is expecting the new batch of iPad 2s to arrive by July (good luck with that!). According to CBC News, doctors and pharmacists at the hospital are using the iPads to view patients' x-rays, make notes and prescribe medicine and treatment. One of the doctors, Dr. Glen Geiger, told CBC News that using the iPad saves time and also cuts down on paperwork. He says that he can now carry all the patient information that he requires, such as medical histories and details of allergies, in his pocket.
â€œIâ€™d say what weâ€™re going to do next. Weâ€™d discuss if youâ€™d agree to the treatment plan, weâ€™d order the treatment plan right then and there while weâ€™re talking to you, instead of saying, â€˜Let me go down the hall and order that treatment in a few minutes,â€™â€ Geiger told CBC News.
Dale Potter, the man responsible for suggesting the use of iPads at the hospital, says that the iPads offset their initial costs by replacing old equipment and cutting down on errors caused by hand-written orders that can often be almost illegible. Potter adds that the hospital has taken security measures to ensure that if an iPad should get stolen from the hospital, patient information would remain private as it is not stored on the iPad.
Source: 1,800 iPads ordered by Ottawa Hospital - Ottawa - CBC News