Surgery? There’s an app for that

Georgetown University hospital surgeons have discovered a new use for the iPad: putting patient data that at a surgeon’s fingertips in the operating room.

Dr. Felasfa Wodajo, assistant professor at the Georgetown University Medical Center and an orthopedic surgeon, recently published an article in the Journal of Surgical Radiology about how the Apple gadget can be used in an OR.

Surgeons are able to access real time X-rays, CT scans, and laboratory reports with the new technology. The iPad also makes it possible for surgeons to have the data with them in both an OR and throughout the rest of a hospital.

The iPad’s 3G capabilities also adds to its benefits for surgeons, as a hospital’s wireless network can be very restrictive according to Wodajo.

Wodajo wrote that in a mobile occupation such as medicine, it is important to be ahead of the curve, and he expects mobile technology like the iPad to become commonplace.

Photo: Surgisphere.com

5 Comments on “Surgery? There’s an app for that

  1. Doctor: We regret to inform you that your husband died as a result of our inability to get the latest x-rays because we couldn’t get wireless internet
    Patient: What?!? This has to be a joke! My five year old just set up a router in my house
    Doctor: Yes I know a trained monkey could set up a router, but this is UIS is in charge of setting it up.
    Patient: What about the 3G?
    Doctor: Same problem, data is provided through AT&T, the worst ranked major cell provider in the US… anyway I’m so sorry for your loss

    Moral of the story: I may head to GW for my procedures

  2. Two summers ago, all the rage was how Twitter was being used in/during surgeries for teaching purposes to help the wee med school students outside of the OR learn more. The iPad is just a variation on a theme.

  3. apple must be paying off people at gumc. what benefit does this have over a regular computer and monitor with internet in the OR?

  4. @fourlokko… agreed, it feels like theyre in apple’s pocket with all the apple products they peddle out. Having the iPad provides very little advantage over the 2 or 3 computers already in every OR. maybe the 3g lets them stream music to the OR better?

    How is transmitting patient information over 3G better than accessing the hospital’s own wireless network? Seems more secure using the hosp wireless.

    Mobile technology definitely has a future in medicine, im just not sure that in the hand of a surgeon in the middle of a surgery is one of them.

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