Thomas Goetz of the Healthcare Blog writes about a device that hasn’t even been released yet as a boon to the healthcare industry. The iPad is a new device by Apple that resembles an over-sized iPod. With the popularity of netbooks on the rise, Apple is attempting to revive the concept of a tablet; a keyboardless touchscreen computer concept that has been hailed as evolutionary and even “magical”.
So, whats the big deal with the iPad? Portability, ease of use and standardization of a concept. Unfortunately with that also comes the price of the brand.
Many of you may have noticed the devices most medical professionals use in hospitals and offices. Most aren’t standard. Every professional uses some sort of PDA, or communications device that as a whole varies from one hospital to the other. This is because there is no standard and many of these locations use custom built and proprietary software and systems that make it difficult to integrate with new services due to a lack of API or lack of flexibility in exporting data or interfacing with the devices.
Apple will be no different. Here you will have a device that interfaces optimally with other Apple products, whereas most hospitals are using PC’s (affordability). Not only that, but with the price point of Apple systems and Apple software we are definitely not going to come any closer to affordable health insurance when hospitals have to pay the hefty bills to refit their entire offices and staff with apple products.
Besides the iPhone, because of its very low price point, Apple products really aren’t practical for a business or healthcare environment. Even the old adage “Apples’ are good for graphics and design” isn’t necessarily true. Apple’s now run the same hardware that PC’s do. The only difference is they cling to a system with a very user friendly UI and limited software compatibility. And really, with people having trouble affording health insurance plans, would you really want to sit around your hospital watching people using apple products and wondering why your health insurance rates, and hospital bill, are so high?