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Canadian hospital going iPad big time

3 May 2010 2,672 views No Comment

The iPad’s been making waves and nowhere more so than in medicine with hospitals snapping up the popular, zeitgeist defining device.

Within a few weeks of the Wi-Fi iPad’s late March launch, at least one California hospital has purchased 100 iPads 100 iPads with plans to the Apple-branded tablets in the hands of doctors, nurses administrators.

Now comes the news that a hospital in Canada’s capital is going large with the iPad. The Ottawa Citizen reports that Ottawa Hospital, as part of a five-year $100-million tech upgrade, will purchase more than 1,800 iPads with the first 100 or so going to replace the clipboards used by doctors during their rounds.

According to Dale Potter, chief information officer, Ottawa Hospital, “It is not convenient for a physician to wheel around a cart with a big PC on it. Even a laptop is cumbersome. We are pioneering a little bit. The mandate set out by the board and our chief executive is to be bold. So, we might as well go big.”

The tech upgrade, which will replace a paper-based workflow, will take place over the next 18 months.

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