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 Makes Medical School Easier

The stereotypical medical students of old lugged around enormous textbooks. Today, they carry iPads, sometimes through grants and sometimes through their own tuition. This lets students take notes, view (and interact with) digital diagrams and slides and read PDF files. The University of California Irvine Medical School went the extra mile and preloaded its iPad with archived versions of faculty lectures, course outlines and handouts, digital textbooks, presentations and integration with digital stethoscopes and ultrasound units. There are also a host of medical apps, many free, available through iTunes, which schools are encouraging students to download, try and share with their peers.

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