Feeds

Oz docs prescribed iPads by Premier

Vote me back in, and I'll hand 'em out, says state chief

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

Australian state Victoria is to hand out iPads to all the doctors it employs in its hospital - if the state's Premier is re-elected on 27 November.

A desperate bid by incumbent Premier John Brumby to tempt medicos with shiny new toys?

Not so, says Brumby. Giving doctors an iPad each will cost Au$12m (£7.6m), his Labor Party administration reckons, but Brumby insisted the move, part of plan to provide doctors with up-to-date patient and treatment data at the bedside, will lead to better, more effective public health care.

Nationally, the Labor government has pledged to spend the best part of Au$500m (£315m) on e-health tech. If Brumby is re-elected and makes good his own promise, his administration, which has voiced its support for the national policy, will undoubtedly be looking to it to fund the provision of iPads to the 200,000-odd doctors in the state.

Brumby's state goverment has already said it will give local hospitals some 500 iPads, local site iTWire reports, at an estimated cost of Au$500,000 (£314,563). These iPads will come as part of a e-health trial due to commence early next year.

“The iPads will allow doctors and nurses to access any web-enabled application run by their hospital as they move around the hospital, as well as allowing them to tap into health information resources,” said Victoria Health Minister Daniel Andrews in July, when the trial was announced.

Andrews stated that the Wi-Fi networks to which the iPads will connect will not affect "other important and sensitive electronic patient care equipment". ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5
Want to use your iThing? You can't - it's too old
You didn't get the MeMO? Asus Pad 7 Android tab is ... not bad
Really, er, stands out among cheapie 7-inchers
Apple winks at parents: C'mon, get your kid a tweaked Macbook Pro
Cheapest models given new processors, more RAM
4K video on terrestrial TV? Not if the WRC shares frequencies to mobiles
Have your say with Ofcom now, before Freeview becomes Feeview
Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 Update specs tease details of Nokia's next mobes
New screen sizes, dual SIMs, voice over LTE, and more
YES, iPhones ARE getting slower with each new release of iOS
Old hardware doesn't get any faster with new software
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.