For everyone who kept wondering what the heck a tablet could be used for, here's another comeback. Medical staff over at the Mayanei Hayeshua Medical Center in Israel are using the iPad to help treat patients, provide consultations and study x-rays and CT scans. The hospital is located in a very orthodox part of Tel Aviv, Bnei Brak. It is the first hospital to use the iPad partnered with Microsoft's Chameleon software.

Easier to share medical data on this ultra-portable device

“We now have the same program and the same database for treatment in the hospital on the iPad,” Dr Yoram Liwer, chief executive of Mayanei Hayeshua said. “The patients' data are in the computer … so physicians who are out of hospital but on call can see X-rays and ultrasounds through their iPad and give more intelligent advice to staff in the hospital.”

The hospital has a pretty neat example to show how an iPad came to use. A patient recently arrived in the emergency room with a broken hip and ended up needing a full hip replacement. The doctor on duty consulted a senior orthopeadic surgeon who was not in the hospital but was still able to offer advice for treatment after studying the X-rays and CT scans on the iPad. The senior doctor was also able to follow up immediately after the surgery to see the results on the tablet. “The high resolution of the screens enables good viewing of the X-rays and also the iPad is fun to work with,” Liwer said. “People like to carry it with them wherever they go. They don't take a laptop but the iPad is with them all the time so we get better and more intelligent consulting.”

This is just another example of how ultra-portable computing is becoming ubiquitous in more than just the consumer segment. Check out this story we did on a local restaurant using the iPad instead of paper menus.

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