Yesterday Blackberry announced it’s answer to Apple’s iPad – the Playbook. Their tablet boasts impressive hardware along with a new operating system: Blackberry Tablet OS. The tablet is going to be heavily promoted to the enterprise users, such as hospitals and health care systems.

During their keynote speech of their new tablet Blackberry made sure to mention the medical community. They mentioned how there will be apps for the medical industry, as well as giving an example of a medical app used by orthopedic surgeons in their practice.

One of their press releases also gave a small glimpse into Blackberry’s hopes for making the Playbook a viable option for electronic medical records when mentioning their file transfer library function for developers:

For example, a medical records application can attach image files to a patient’s medical record, with the option to open or preview the record, or view the list of available images before it is downloaded to the BlackBerry smartphone.

Key features and specs of the BlackBerry PlayBook:

*7″ LCD, 1024 x 600, WSVGA, capacitive touch screen with full multi-touch and gesture support
*BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing
*Dual HD cameras (3 MP front facing, 5 MP rear facing), supports 1080p HD video recording
*Video playback: 1080p HD Video, H.264, MPEG, DivX, WMV
*Audio playback: MP3, AAC, WMA
*HDMI video output
*Wi-Fi – 802.11 a/b/g/n
*Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
*Connectors: microHDMI, microUSB, charging contacts
*Open, flexible application platform with support for WebKit/HTML-5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, POSIX, OpenGL, Java
*Ultra thin and portable:
*Measures 5.1″x7.6″x0.4″ (130mm x 193mm x 10mm)
*Weighs less than a pound (approximately 0.9 lb or 400g)
*Additional features and specifications of the BlackBerry PlayBook will be shared on or before the date this product is launched in retail outlets.
*RIM intends to also offer 3G and 4G models in the future.