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Apple’s Healthcare Play

Posted Feb 11 2010 7:22pm

I have been asking a few folks what they think of the prospects for Apple recently release iPad in today’s Healthcare environments? Well most smile, a few chuckle but only for a minute and then they get a bit serious “You know Bill, You May Be on To Something”, They say. Perhaps they are just too polite to say they think I may be “On Something”.

EPIC iPhone App

Earlier this month, details about Epic Systems’ partnership with Apple for a mobile phone-based electronic health record (EHR) application came to light when Epic System’s iPhone application, Haiku, became available on Apple’s AppStore. Like all iPhone apps, Haiku will work on the iPad device, too. For mobile EHR apps though, the increased screen size will likely be very helpful for those clinicians aiming to use images on the platform for making any kind of diagnostic decisions.

Of course, healthcare providers may also see the iPad as another platform they could use to connect with their patients: Mayo Clinic recently partnered with smartphone application developer DoApps to form a new start-up, called mRemedy, which is focused on creating health apps for smartphones. mRemedy, which formed just a few weeks ago, is creating apps with Mayo based on the provider’s research and services.

What do you think, could a tablet be the product that brings Apple inside the hospital walls and improve the system?

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