Friday, November 12, 2010

The Apple iPad "craze" is driving medical offices and clinics to deploy wireless networks

The other day, I was speaking with a number of physicians who were telling me that the recent iPad "craze" has caused people to switch from wired networks to a wireless network. They realize the challenges associated with wireless, but they're willing to face those challenges and risks so that they can use the iPad in the clinical setting.

Even though slate tablet PCs have been around for many years, they never gained enough traction and momentum in the world of health care. Tablet PCs have traditionally been expensive, heavy, and cumbersome. Now, the simple touch interface of the iPad has caused many physicians to embrace the slate form factor. They're even switching to wireless networks in their offices so that they can use their iPads. Soon, every major medical office (and even your small local medical offices) will be equipped with Wi-Fi networks.

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