Israeli hospital hands out iPads to doctors

Hayeshua Medical Center (MYMC) is the first Israeli hospital to give iPad technology to its doctors, for use both on and off-site. Medical staff can now check patient records, test results, hi-resolution X-rays and CT scans, report on patient progress and plan ongoing treatment using the Apple tablets.

The MYMC's iPads are the latest iPad 4.2 version, customized for use in Hebrew, giving clinicians instant touch-screen access to patient records and medical information via secure password-protected internet.

Mayanei Hayeshua CEO Dr. Yoram Liwer said: "Picture quality on the iPad screen enables our doctors to check high-resolution x-ray and scan images, either on the wards or from outside the hospital, and to diagnose and prescribe treatment immediately at any time. The iPad is recognized today as a leading medical tool, bringing many benefits to patients and hospital staff.

"A recent patient survey confirmed the importance of enabling doctors to check the status of patients and direct their treatment immediately, within or outside the hospital" says Dr. Liwer, "it was ranked 8.6 out of 10 by the patients we interviewed. That is why we are using the latest devices and healthcare technology to help revolutionize patient care at our hospital, which is already known as one of the most progressive hospitals in Israel and internationally."

Dr. Nir Cohen, Mayanei Hayeshua's chief of Orthopaedic Surgery, also extolls the clinical benefits of using the iPad, noting that: "As head of the department, even working late at night from home, I can now give direction to medical staff during operations using my iPad, and check that vital treatment records have been entered correctly into the hospital system. This can help to speed up surgical procedures, reducing the time spent under anaesthetic, to the benefit of patients."

The Mayanei HaYeshua Medical Center treats more than 100,000 patients annually