A segment from CNBC (video after the break) is the story of how the iPad (and by extension; future tablets) are becoming invaluable to doctors. They are said to be as invaluable as stethoscopes, giving both doctors and patients major advantages. Doctors can find medical records much easier and carry around unlimited amounts of data, while patients claim they understand explanations better when doctors have images and whatnot on their iPad to show the patients what’s happening. The segment even mentions custom made web based software that has been developed by one of the hospitals as well as the rising demand for iPad apps for existing journal software and similar software solutions.
Other tablets are mentioned in the segment as well, and the goal is for doctors to choose whatever tablet they want and have the software available. The iPad is first out because, well, it was the first tablet to do it right, but both the Playbook and Android tablets are expected to be used in the future. They also mention a government refund program called Meaningful Use which will allow doctors to buy equipment and be reimbursed.
This is the hidden side of tablet use that I find myself having to remind people of all the time. Various businesses and organizations are already using devices like the iPad, so it’s not just consumers who have a say any longer. It’s especially funny to see them be used by doctors since that is one field you simply cannot ignore the importance of, which should shut people up about tablets being toys once and for all.[TUAW]