The development and innovation of technology has been a revolutionising force in all facets of business, education and entertainment. However, in 2010 the iPad was launched and it quickly became one of the most demanded consumer devices, with about 8 million units sold in the first few months. A year later the new and improved iPad 2 was introduced, boasting a slimmer and lighter device as well as increased memory and a more powerful operating system. With the availability of several medical applications, one of the industries that have seen an increase in the use of the iPad is healthcare. The impact that the iPad has had in medicine are many and they have led to more efficient and functional patient care.
Widespread use of the iPad in medicine
Since its recent introduction to the market, the iPad has had a tremendous impact in medicine with studies showing that the usage by medical practitioners increased by about 20%. The iPad is also adopted in many areas of medicine, including orthopaedics, cosmetic dentistry and radiology. The use of the iPad has led to changes in how the medical team and the patients interact, how medical records and information are processed and how physicians and medical facilities can better improve patient care. In addition, many medical schools have opted to have their students use iPads as a part of their training.
Some of the benefits of using the iPad in medicine include:
Notwithstanding the positive impact of the iPad on medicine, there are a few drawbacks to note. There is no mouse and the touch screen device may affect the speed and accuracy of inputting data. In addition, there are no capabilities to use flash videos in order to interface with the internet and earlier versions do not have a camera. Other concerns relate to its durability and keeping the iPad contamination-free.
There is no doubt that the iPad has had an impact in medicine and there is increasing growth in its usage by healthcare administrators, practitioners, students and educators. With its cost effectiveness, portability and accessibility features, the iPad has simplified and improved how medicine and patient care is administered. However, with technology evolving ever so quickly, there is anticipation for new developments that may further improve how the iPad impacts medicine.
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