iPad being used for patient education
NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted May 3, 2010
Two hospitals are launching pilot programs using the iPad to explain common medical procedures.
Florida Hospital for Children at the Walt Disney Pavilion in Orlando, Fla., and St. Luke's Health System in Boise, Idaho, will pilot patient education programs using the iPad and a customized application for the device created by Unity Medical, a digital health tool vendor based in Eagle, Idaho.
The applications provide videos and interactive question-and-answer sessions meant to give patients a better understanding of a procedure. At Florida Hospital, the application will be used for patients undergoing CT scans. The system designed for St. Luke's will include 20 different programs geared toward heart and vascular procedures and rehabilitation programs.
The programs initially were designed as Web-based programs, but the company said it wanted to capitalize on the buzz surrounding the March launch of the iPad.
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