Early adopters who forgot to preorder an iPad are lining up to get their nerdy mitts on Apple's latest device, which goes on sale on Saturday. We don't expect to see many white coats or stethoscopes in the queue, but mass adoption of the iPad by the medical community could be just a matter of time.
Apple's touch-screen pad is the perfect companion for health care providers who are being asked to embrace health IT in a big way, says Dana Blankenhorn, writing for ZDNet Healthcare. "Fitting electronic health record (EHR) software to it should be a snap," says Blankenhorn, who has predicted that medicine will be "the iPad sweet spot."
Just this week, the venture capital firm KCPB announced that it would double to $200 million its iFund portfolio, which funds the development of apps for Apple devices. The iPad "will lead the next wave of innovation in mobile computing," according to the fund's news release. "Particular areas of interest on iPad include entertainment, communication, social networking, commerce, health care, and education."