At Mayo Clinic, Patients Getting Loaded iPads that Guide Them Through Hospital Stay
I don’t know about you, but these kind of applications really excite me. The patient shown here isn’t just being given an iPad to meander about with, he’s been supplied a tool filled with useful information that better orients him to his process at the hospital.
“The iPad is a nice way to navigate through some of those resources and keep track on a daily basis that you’re doing the things you need to do to make sure you’re doing the things that you should be,” heart patient Randy Sterner tells the interviewer, who seems to find the app easy to use. (“It made him feel like a part of the process,” notes Sterner’s wife.)
Among the things the iPad app does is allow Sterner to report on, say, levels of pain he feels or exercise he has done. These reports are broadcast instantly to the healthcare team working on his case.
The iPad app in question was created by a team led by Dr. David Cook, who hoped to meet a need that wasn’t being met. I say, bravo. This seems like a wonderful idea.