Georgetown University has begun a program that uses iPads in their operating rooms to assist doctors with complicated operating procedures.
The iPads allow surgeons easy access to all sorts of medical data, imagine, and processes during an operation. The ease of using iOS comes in handy (no pun intended), since no stylus or keyboards are needed. It's quick and efficient, according to a Journal of Surgical Radiology statement:
With its attractive screen and networking capabilities, the iPad offers surgeons real-time access to images and patient data during an operation. Integrating it into routine clinical practice can save lives and help bring down the cost of health care.
The Journal of Surgical Radiology has published a report about Dr. Felasfa Wadajo, an orthopedic surgeon at Georgetown University, and his use of iPads in his practice in the January 2011 issue. As noted by many, the most important outcome of technology like the iPad in the medical industry could be its cost-reducing power, according to the journal's statement:
By decreasing the barriers to integrating technology with clinical care, the outcome can be improved patient safety, higher patient satisfaction, and decreased health care costs.
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Note: "The Journal of Surgical Radiology is a peer-reviewed, indexed medical journal distributed to more than 32,000 surgeons and radiologists from over 140 countries. It publishes the latest advances in medical science and invites internationally-renown authors to make meaningful contributions in surgery and radiology. The Journal of Surgical Radiology is published by the Surgisphere Corporation."