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An iPad rounds in the emergency department

Larry Nathanson, MD, has just written a generally positive first impression of the iPad in clinical use at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's emergency department. Nathanson, who leads the emergency medicine informatics program there, says the device is initially "living up to [his] high expectations."

Here's the nut of his review (I particularly love the last line):

I tested it today during my shift in the ER. Initial tests with our clinical applications went amazingly well. The ED dashboard, WebOMR and Provider Order Entry all appear to function well without modification. The popup blocker does try to get in the way of new windows, but it's a only a minor annoyance. The EKGs look better onscreen than on paper. It was great having all of the clinical information right at the bedside to discuss with the patient. The only problem was that the increase in efficiency was offset by the patients and family who wanted to gawk at it.

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