More than 80 percent of the top hospitals in the U.S. are now testing or piloting the iPad®. Cedars-Sinai’s Steven Galen, MD, who was featured in Apple CEO Tim Cook’s October 2011 keynote presentation, shares a few of the innovative ways in which the device helps both him and his patients.
“I began using the iPad just over a year ago. It has proven to be extremely helpful with a number of clinical and administrative tasks. When treating patients, I am able to look up links, results, and images to assist me in describing their diagnoses or to point them toward useful resources, such as educational material and support groups in their area. From a clinical perspective, I can also access powerful medication databases to cross-check drug interactions to increase patient safety. As an example, I recently had a patient in the hospital with a possible abnormality showing on an X-ray. I was able to pull up a prior image from my office and do a side-by-side comparison of the two right at the patient’s bedside.
With the iPad, I am able to more efficiently run meetings. Agendas, PDFs, and PowerPoint® presentations are readily accessible and incredibly easy to navigate. Furthermore, it is simply too inconvenient to lug a laptop around all day— the iPad is lighter and much more portable. I even sewed a custom pocket inside my lab coat to protect my iPad when I’m on rounds.”