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 Eases Home Health Initiatives

"Traditional" telemedicine has required desktop computers, telecommunications equipment and high-speed Internet, none of which are conducive to helping patients connect to physicians from their own home. The iPad, with its built-in camera and optional 3G, can bring home health to the masses. It's not just the urban elite, either. In Australia's sparsely populated Northern Territory, for example, healthcare workers brings iPads on house calls; this process improves the care cycle (as patients don't miss appointments) and data integrity (it's only documented once). In addition, the new iPad's support for Bluetooth 4.0 means health workers can use the tablet to monitor data coming from medical monitoring devices; they don't have to enter data, and patients can remain home.

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