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.