Seattle Children's Hospital Rejects Order For 100,000 iPads

20 May 2013

FierceMobileHealthcare:

The Veterans Administration might want to talk to Seattle Children’s Hospital before it starts buying those 100,000 iPads. According to a recently published article in CIO, the tablet devices were a complete flop in a small test run at the Washington facility.

While it’s true iPad use is growing exponentially in healthcare, not one of the Seattle clinicians who used them were convinced.

Why? The apps weren’t designed for touch. It wasn’t a fault of the iPad; it was a fault of the deployment — relying on ported, keyboard-orientated desktop apps was always doomed to fail.

Electronic medical record systems are bad enough on devices they were designed for.