Dr. Larry Nathanson loves his iPad, even if patients and other staff do stop to fawn over it from time to time. The Boston-based ER physician took a break from his duties as Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's Emergency Medicine Informatics honcho to blog about his iPad use in the ER.
So far, so good.
The device interfaces well with the hospital's clinical applications, and Nathanson loves how great EKGs look on the device's screen. "The only problem was that the increase in efficiency was offset by the patients and family who wanted to gawk at it."
Anyone who has ever handled an iPhone, or an iPad, however, knows how slippery the sleek devices are. "I am a little concerned about how well it will hold up in a clinical environment," Nathanson writes, "particularly the abuse it will get in the ER." You can read his full commentary on the blog Life as a Healthcare CIO .