Surgeons at Georgetown University are exploring the benefits of using an iPad in the operating room, according to an article published in the Journal Surgical Radiology. One surgeon says the technology’s most obvious advantage in the OR is providing a “convenient way to easily access previous patient imaging.”
The article, “The iPad in the Hospital and Operating Room,” was written by Felasfa M. Wodajo, MD, senior editor, iMedicalApps.com and assistant professor, orthopedic surgery, at both VCU School of Medicine, Inova Campus
and Georgetown University Hospital.
Georgetown surgeons are using the iPad to access in real time patient X-rays, CT scans, and laboratory data during surgical procedures. Wodajo writes that the technology could also be beneficial in teaching residents and “bypassing hospitals’ restrictive networks to access remote files and office electronic medical records (EMRs) using the cellular 3G networks.”