There will be an iPad in the hands of every hospital patient. It’s already started with a small amount of hospitals around the U.S. including Jacobs Medical Center at UC San Diego, Metro South Medical Center in Chicago and about a year ago at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles.
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Cedars-Sinai‘s pilot program allowing patients direct access to their vitals, care team and educational tools through iPads. Doctors are already perfectly using mobile devices. Many have been using iPads in their practices for a number of years.
However, without the iPad, doctors and nurses have to follow a paper trail. To write up duplicate information on a white board often found on the back wall in the patient’s room. Mistakes can happen the staff often run out of room to write. Leading to confusion or a lack of information for the patient.
EHR (Electronic health records) software known as My CS-Link
The program also benefits the care team. The nursing staff get stuck with duplicate work requiring both educating patients on care. Also checking to see if they have all the necessary information. However, the program offers educational videos on the iPad for patients to see all their information at the same time.
Allowing patient’s access to their own information is still a novel idea in the medical world. Cedars ahead of the curve with the creation of its EHR (Electronic health records) software known as My CS-Link. Allows patients to look up their information online, including notes from their doctor.
In another section of the hospital, new parents are utilizing unmodified iPads to FaceTime with their newborns who may be sick or premature. These babies isolated from the outside world and the germs that come with it so new parents aren’t usually able to see their baby for a few days after they are born. But, with what the nurses refer to as BabyTime (FaceTime for babies), parents can interact virtually with their little one while they wait.
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Including those mentioned above, other hospitals have embraced Apple’s tools as well. The trick now is to place these devices into the patient’s hands something both Apple and Cedars-Sinai seem to be trying to do.