Apple’s iPad a Boon to Health Care Providers?

With the unveiling of Apple’s long-awaited iPad, pundits are already weighing in on the devices value pro and con. The iPad won’t be available for purchase until later next month.

EnterpriseMobiletoday reports on why one big vertical market, healthcare, is likely to find the iPad especially appealing.

Is Apple’s handheld computer, the iPad, just what the doctor ordered for telehealth and telemedicine? It certainly looks that way, according to two mobile health care industry watchers.

“While Apple CEO Steve Jobs… did not mention the health care vertical as a key market for the iPad: It looks to be just that. The iPad holds promise as a new point-of-care tool for health care workers and as a personal health device for patients,” writes Brian Dolan, editor of

Dolan goes on to say that the already existing library of medical apps gives the iPad a lead on other tablet PCs that may be considered for use in mobile health care.

“All 4,980 health and fitness apps currently available in the AppStore are immediately available to iPad users. That is the key leg up that Apple’s new iPad has on other medical tablets — a built-in application library of almost 5,000 apps,” said Dolan.

Read the full story at EnterpriseMobileToday:

Apple iPad Poised for Telemedicine, Mobile Health Care

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