Doctors use iPads for the same reasons many of us do: ease, portability and affordability. But while many of us are simply surfing the Web, answering email or watching videos, physicians at Crouse Hospital use the mobile device to help provide the best in patient care.
From the comfort of home or midtown Manhattan, iPads allow Crouse doctors to monitor patients anywhere, anytime. According to technology analysts, healthcare providers were among the first professionals to embrace the slim, 1.5 pound screen-touch tablet for use on the job.
Within months of the iPad’s launch in April 2010, Crouse's Information Technology (IT) team made it possible for our physicians to access the hospital’s fetal monitoring system. Since they merely access Crouse systems, no protected health information is stored on the iPad, making it totally secure. Today our doctors can access clinical data, including patient records, labs, EKGs and X-rays.
Crouse OB/GYN physician Steven Brown, MD, (right, in above photo) is particularly fond of his iPad. “I was at a conference recently, and used my iPad to check up on my patients while I was away,” he said, noting it’s by his side even when he’s right in Crouse's Kienzle Family Maternity Center. Likewise, Maria Cicarelli, MD, a colleague of Dr. Brown’s in CNY Women’s Healthcare, uses her iPad to check on patients remotely throughout the day and from home. ““Even before a nurse or a resident physician has had a chance to evaluate a patient, I can look at a fetal monitoring easily, checking on the status of labor,” as she recently explained to WSYR TV9 reporter Staci-Lyn Honda.
"As the electronic healthcare era continues to evolve, we expect the iPad and similar technology will only grow in popularity within Crouse Hospital and other organizations," observes Randy Williams, manager of network and engineering services. Randy also provided an overview of the Apple technology's use at Crouse to Post-Standard reporter Jim Mulder.