Australian’s state government launches $500,000 pilot program to use the iPad in hospital treatment

Physicians in Victoria, the second most populous state in Australia, will be conducting a pilot program using the iPad for hospital treatment.

They will purchase 500 iPads initially and the total cost of the rollout will be $500,000.  The rollout of the iPads will start January of 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,” he said.

“The iPads will connect via the wi-fi networks that allow secure, safe wireless connectivity within the hospital while not affecting other important and sensitive electronic patient care equipment.”

From the quotes it appears the pilot program is interested in seeing how the iPad performs from a mobile medicine standpoint and will rely heavily on web-enabled applications.  We recently had a post touch on how web apps are crucial for mobile medicine by not restricting content to one particular platform.

This $500,000 pilot project should provide some great data to show how effective the iPad actually is in the hospital setting. I’m sure may hospital administrators will be watching how the program unfolds.



Iltifat Husain, MD

Founder, Editor-in-Chief of Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Mobile App curriculum at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He is also the founder of iPrescribeApps, a platform for prescribing apps to patients. Dr. Husain has given lectures on digital medicine globally. He went to North Carolina State University for undergrad and went to medical school at Wake Forest School of Medicine.

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4 Responses to Australian’s state government launches $500,000 pilot program to use the iPad in hospital treatment

  1. mikecuesta August 2, 2010 at 10:51 am #

    This is great – I have little doubt that the iPad will be a transformational tool for physicians.

    • Iltifat Husain August 2, 2010 at 12:50 pm #

      Yea, the more I think about it the more I believe this pilot study will really be looked at as a “make or break it” moment in iPad for medicine use.

  2. Purpledonnamaria August 16, 2010 at 8:33 am #

    think apple has made it’s best application yet by bring ipad into the technohealth arnea

  3. AMACDT March 10, 2011 at 6:05 pm #

    I happened across this post when I was looking at the two posts regarding which of Apple and Android will eventually win out in the physician world tablet wars. Just to update, the commitment to the iPad trial was an election commitment from a Government that has recently lost power in Victoria. In recent discussion with the new Health Minister it has become apparent that this is not part of their priorities for the health system and hence no trial. We feel this is a huge loss, mainly because it would have pushed administrators to deliver on the proposed functionality of EHR systems within Victorian hospitals (which is a constant problem when working there I have been told).

    So off the table for now, however, there will be significant interest in the outcomes from other trials to show how integration of tablet devices works in practice.

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