iPads in Healthcare

Apple’s iPad is quickly finding its niche in different industries around the world and healthcare appears to be welcoming the iPad with open arms.  As more and more medical related applications enter the App Store, amazing things are being done to help patients cope with disabilities.

Over the past few months, we’ve featured a number of ways the iPad is helping to enhance the lives of individuals with special needs and/or medical issues.  Back in April we covered the positive impact an iPad had on Virginia Campbell, a 99-year-old woman suffering from glaucoma. More recently we’ve shown the use of iPads to help sick kids, doctors performing surgery and a young boy with autism. Now here’s another interesting story about a stroke victim at Florida Hospital and his use of an iPad during therapy. With 700,000 stroke victims a year in the US and 15-30% of the survivors left with some type of permanent disability, there’s a lot of potential for patients to benefit from iPad usage.

Editor’s note:  Some of the links in this post contain video that will not play on the iPad. We work everyday at PadGadget to find iPad related stories that are informative for our readers and sometimes the things we find come from sources that don’t use iPad friendly video formats. At that point, we must make the difficult decision of whether or not to include video related to a story, even though we know it won’t be viewable on the iPad. Because most iPad owners also have access to PCs, we often choose to include the video.

We can’t wait for the day when all web video is done using open standards like html5 and h.264. Until then, we’ll continue to do our best to get informative and interesting iPad related news out to our readers.

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  • iphonerulez

    It so good to continue seeing articles that go against those that say the iPad is a “useless toy”. I can’t quite see why they don’t understand the benefits a simple device can offer children, the handicapped or the elderly. A simple device makes it easier to learn and still be used to communicate with the user.

  • http://www.yourtransitionspecialist.com Josephine Hanan

    What a powerful example of how technology can make a real difference in the lives of people with disabilities! I would also love to hear more about how people with disaiblities are using technology like ipads — as assistive devices — for their jobs, as there are barely any jobs that can’t be made accessible to people with disabilities! Thanks for sharing this!

  • Charlie Brown

    Thanks for running this story. The ipad is an amazing device and thank you goes out to Proloquo2go for donating this software to our organization. It has been a total blessing for this patient. He is now starting to speak at phrase level on his own thanks to assistance with this device!!