Wednesday, March 21, 2012

iPad Features May Accelerate Healthcare Productivity

Lewis, Nicole. "iPad Features May Accelerate Healthcare Productivity." Information Week, March 19, 2012.

From the article: "Healthcare providers who lined up with the masses this weekend to purchase the new iPad will soon discover that the world's first Bluetooth Smart-Ready tablet may improve their clinical workflow. That is because the iPad will enable healthcare providers to directly access data from Bluetooth-enabled medical home monitoring devices that collect patient data…. According to officials at the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), which announced the availability of Bluetooth Smart-Ready technology for the new iPad, the greatest benefit for healthcare providers is the ability to gather patient data without hooking up the patient to a cluster of wires and machines…. Furthermore, Bluetooth technology can empower patients to keep abreast of their health and wellness. For example, individuals monitoring their fitness can record their workout analytics (heart rate, distance, speed, elevation, etc.) on an app that talks to their Bluetooth-enabled heart-rate monitor. Diabetics can monitor their blood sugar levels from their Bluetooth-enabled glucose meter through an iPad app. Patients can see a chart of their blood sugar levels over the past six months on their new iPad (in full high definition) and show it to their doctor." Read more