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Apple iPad helps hospital treat patients

posted 6 Jan 2011, 07:00 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 6 Jan 2011, 07:02 ]

Doctors in an Israeli hospital are using iPads to help treat patients, provide consultations and study test results from afar.

BNEI BRAK, ISRAEL - A patient in an Israeli hospital recovers from a hip transplant - aided by the latest in mobile computing.

This is the Mayanei Hayeshua Medical Centre, in Tel Aviv - the first to get the Apple iPad talking to Microsoft's Chameleon software used by hospitals the world over.

It allows the orthopaedic consultant, Nir Cohen, to involve the patient more in his own care plan - and even

gives staff on-call the ability to see records wherever they are.

NIR COHEN, MAYANEI HAYESHUA MEDICAL CENTRE SAYING:

"The patient can be part of whatever I am doing to him. I mean I can show him the X-rays and we can discuss that together, bed-side. As an administrative tool, you know, you give orders to the nurses, you take blood tests, you can actually go back even if you are not in the hospital, wherever you are, connect to the system, user-code and see what the blood tests - what the results are."

Chief Executive Yoram Liwer, said that the cost of the iPad was a worthy investment.

YORAM LIWER, CEO OF MAYANEI HAYESHUA MEDICAL CENTRE, SAYING:

"We found that the iPad, in spite of that that it is cost us money to purchase it, but it's come to save us money, because we give higher care to the patient and of-course we reduce the risk and it helps the patient and it helps the hospital."

The mobile access to the hospital's computer records allows Mayanei Hayeshua medical staff to practice their bedside manner - where ever they are.

Stuart McDill, Reuters

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