Apple enthusiasts all over the world are celebrating the arrival of the New iPad. It seems the iPad is making its way into new channels each day, now including doctors. A recent study shows that doctors using an iPad with their patients are more efficient in explaining procedures to the.
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By Genevra Pittman, Reuters Health Editor
When doctors-in-training at the University of Chicago were given iPad tablet computers to use on their rounds, they found that using the device helped them be more efficient at ordering tests and procedures for their patients.
The study from the university program, published Monday in the Archives of Internal Medicine, tracked 115 residents who received devices purchased by the hospital. There was no funding reported from Apple Inc, which makes the iPad.
Most residents who used the devices to access patient records and coordinate their care said they cut about an hour per day off their workload. Researchers also found that the internal medicine trainees tended to put in orders for patient procedures earlier than before they got an iPad.
“What’s happening to medicine now is it’s very data-driven, and a lot of the data is being put into computers and the computers aren’t at the (patient’s) bedside,” said Dr. Bhakti Patel, the study’s lead author from the University of Chicago.
“A lot of people are feeling that they can’t spend a lot of time at the bedside because they’re kind of shackled to the computer,” she told Reuters Health.
The researchers didn’t test the iPads against any different devices, such as other brands of tablets or smartphones. Patel said that other medical training programs might consider varying types of devices, depending on what fits their needs.
After a first try of giving a few residents iPads went well, Patel and her colleagues handed the devices out to all 115 of their internal medicine doctors-in-training in late 2010.
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