iPad In Healthcare? Japan Already Did It
If you had any doubts that the iPad would find usage in the healthcare vertical, turn your attention to Japan. They’ve already used the iPad during surgery. Read on for details and some potential channel implications…
The iPad wasn’t used to entertain the patient during surgery. It was used explicitly — wrapped sterile in plastic — to provide detailed images for reference during the surgery, along with CT scan images. It seems to have a lot of potential, but as TechCrunch’s article scoop details, it’s not very practical at this point in time. The video of the procedure shows one nurse or assistant holding it up during the entire surgery. But that’s something that can be fixed with a simple mount in the future.
But did it really help? Apparently, English translations of the Japanese video detail that the surgeon actually found it useful. So does one small Japanese use-case provide enough pull for the entire US healthcare industry to jump on board?
Well, maybe not yet. But the potential is overwhelming. We’ve noted rumors before that Apple was shopping the device around at hospitals. While nothing is confirmed, a VAR providing a healthcare package to a small practice or even a large hospital could easily detail the devices strengths with a quick demo if he had one on hand. One could even reference this Japanese event as a success story.
We’re currently looking into talking to Apple about their channel strategy, and we’ll be sure to ask what they plan on doing with the iPad as far as healthcare. Stay tuned — this blogger thinks it’s only a matter of time before physicians start adopting them for their own use, without any package deals from big companies and then…the flood gates will open.