Apple Has A Grand Plan Of Giving An iPad To Every Hospitalized Patient
Apple has been pushing heavily into the healthcare sector and it seems that its latest endeavor involves making sure that every hospitalized patient has access to an iPad.
Apple already kicked off the process of distributing iPads in hospitals across the U.S. It started in 2016 with various hospitals including the MetroSouth Medical Center in Chicago, Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles and the Jacobs Medical Center at UC San Diego. The Cedars-Sinai hospital has a pilot program which allows patients to access to view their health data as well as other educational tools using iPads.
Apple wants its product to play a part in improving health care
The initiative highlights the growing use of Apple’s products in healthcare. The iPad has been a favorite for doctors for numerous years now as one of the mobile devices that help them make their work easier. They use the iPad to access patient data on the go and are thus able to save time. Prior to that, doctors had to rely on white boards in the patient’s room to display the information. However, the limited nature of the white boards made them prone to causing confusion. Having a digital platform like iPads makes it easier for doctors to provide information with ease and in a manner that the patient can understand.
The latest idea revolves around giving patients access to their medical information and this is something that has not been done before. However, it comes with some concerns, especially about security. However, it still offers a lot of advantages to patients and doctors making it quite an appealing option.
“It’s a lot easier now to communicate. Opening up API’s and adding data standards so [the information] is accurate,” stated Michelle Williams, a nurse at Cedars.
According to a recent TechCrunch report, Cedars has also deployed iPads to allow mothers to keep an eye on their newborn babies especially when they are born sick or premature. In such cases, mothers are usually not able to see their babies for a few days but having live feeds on iPads makes it easier.