University of Chicago Hospital iPad program appears highly successful

Todd Vandenbark

iPad and notebookAccording to a recent post on iMedicalApps:

Recently, physicians at the University of Chicago published a research letter in the Archives of Internal Medicine detailing their experience with the routine use of iPads by internal medicine residents during their regular duties.

What they documented was that use of the mobile device was objectively associated with faster order entry after patient admission and the subjective assessment that it saves up to one hour per day for each resident.

Prior to initiating the program, investigators wisely met with hospital IT to determine their concerns and set up rules for usage of the devices. After initially having residents individually install apps via their own iTunes accounts, it was decided to work through a third-party vendor to standardize the devices — in this case, working with a company called Mobile Iron. Additional security protections included an eight-digit alphanumeric screen lock code (instead of the standard four-digit numeric code), and setting the iPads to automatically erase themselves after five unsuccessful attempts to log-in.

A great deal of interest has been generated since the research letter was published, and the authors plan to share what they’ve learned at conferences and workshops. In addition, the local ABC Television station did a segment on this event, which you can see below.

Have you used an iPad or other tablet computer in a medical setting? How did it work for you? Tell us about it!