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Aussie docs to get Apple iPads

Every doctor working in Victoria's public health system will get an Apple iPad as part of a AUS $1.5 billion investment plan.

Apple hardware, which has traditionally been overlooked by enterprises in favour of Microsoft Windows-powered kit, is making ever-increasing inroads into the business world, in part fuelled by the popularity of the company's iDevices.

Australia's Labour Premier John Brumby reckons: “As technology evolves, so do the tools that our doctors need. We will provide $12 million to buy iPads for every doctor working in Victoria’s public hospital system, so they have easy access to time-critical clinical information at a patient’s bedside.”

Brumby has already ordered 1,000 Apple iPads for use in the state's schools and hospitals as part of the 'Government 2.0' plan.

IT analysis outfit Gartner recently warned business leaders that failing to consider the iPad in future IT plans would be a very bad move indeed. It seems even top dogs need to lie back on the sofa, warming their chests playing a few non-Flash powered video clips every now and then.