The days are gone when a doctor walked into a patient’s room and grabbed the paper chart at the end of his bed to check his medical history. iPads and tablet computing have revolutionized the way many companies do business, and the medical field is no different. The sharp, intuitive displays and interactive content of tablets naturally make doctor’s visits a more collaborative process.
Currently, a competitive market is emerging for both software and hardware companies. Recently Apple hired a director of medical marketing, so it’s game on in this burgeoning sector. Plus, with $44,000 available in economic stimulus incentives via the HITECH Act, it’s no surprise that doctors are beginning to make the switch to digital.
Here’s a look at some apps that are being used in doctor’s offices and hospitals around the U.S. Have you seen any cool apps being used by your doctor that we missed? Share them with us in the comments.
1. Interactive Anatomy
Step one in becoming a medical practitioner: Learn all the names of the body parts. What better way to demonstrate that knowledge to a patient than by sharing an intricate 3D model on a tablet?
Since these apps are great learning tools, they're already appearing in medical classrooms. Software developer 3D4Medical has developed apps that feature detailed images of the body. Two such apps -- including the pictured Skeletal System app -- made it into the top 5 medical apps on iTunes in 2011.