After Apple announced the iPad device, I immediately began to think of all the medical applications that could be used for this device.
Currently the app store has about 140,000 apps and is growing at an amazing rate. The medical app store has about 1,920. Health apps number about 3,100. According to Apple, most of these apps should work on the iPhone and will transfer to the iPad as long as you use the same login. It will be interesting to see what the apps that were created initially for the iPhone will look like on the new iPad device. It is interesting also to note that the device does not have a camera, however the iPod Nano does. My guess is the device would take up more bandwidth if it had a camera.
I am curious to see if the iPad will work with apps like Skype and Google Voice. If they do, then with a $20, 3g plan, you could use the device as a 2nd phone. For example Google Voice allows you to set up a local phone number that others can use to call you. If you do not answer then you will get a transcribed text with the first couple of lines of the missed callers message!
What medical applications can we expect from this device?
Patient education company Blausen makes an amazing product that has short video animations on multiple medical diseases. They are very basic and range from half a minute to two minutes. Electronic medical records would be interesting. You have to wonder how they would work in the ER. I cannot imagine keeping up with an expensive device in the ER. At least one I can’t put in my pocket. I can see myself losing it during a code or dropping it as I run to the floor for a “code blue.”
I am interested in hearing from our readers and seeing how other ER doctors use technology at work. Currently, I use Pepid, although it is expensive, it has almost everything I need in the app.
Feel free to post if you are likely to purchase the next iPhone (new cell phone carrier to be announced in June), iPad wifi only will be out around March 27 and the iPad with wifi/3g service around late April in the United States. The rest of the world will get it after June which will be just in time for the new iPhone.
I look forward to your emails and post,
Harvey Castro MD
Picture from iPhone life magazine.