Ottawa hospital orders 1800 iPads to make doctors more efficient

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I’m the first person to tell you that paper is outdated. If I printed out all the documents, books, catalogs and comics currently on my iPad, I’d need a wheelbarrow to move the resulting stack of paper. The Ottawa hospital in Canada is among those who’ve realized the same thing and ordered 1800 iPads to complement the 500 they already have. The iPads will connect with a database made by Select Start Studios and give doctors real time access to all the charts and papers they need. The cost of the purchase is said to be balanced out by more efficient doctors who can do more in the same amount of time (due to not having to run around doing things like ordering treatment manually) and less mistakes made by doctors handwriting prescriptions and similar forms. The latter apparently has a 15-20% failure rate, making you wonder if that age old prejudice of doctors’ handwriting is a lot worse than originally thought.

 

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Andreas Ødegård

Andreas Ødegård is more interested in aftermarket (and user created) software and hardware than chasing the latest gadgets. His day job as a teacher keeps him interested in education tech and takes up most of his time.

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