In pictures: 12 ways the iPad Is changing healthcare

For an industry that has tried to avoid technology, healthcare is embracing the iPad. Here's a look at how it's being used today and the promise it holds for tomorrow.

The iPad Complements Speech Therapy

For years, physical props such as dolls, balls and flashcards were mainstays of speech therapy sessions with children. Now, speech pathologists are using the iPad—and not just because kids think the tablet is cooler than a pack of crayons. There are numerous apps that target a variety of language skills, let pathologists record and save a child's work and make quick assessments. Many apps offer free or "light" versions, too, so users can try them out before making a purchase. Finally, the availability of the apps means that parents can reinforce the pathologists' lessons at home.

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