Today, this wonderful post by Krafty Librarian came across my Feedly. Now, I haven’t had an opportunity to dig into KL’s process for planning and implementation of iPads, but I do intend to go back and read the posts. I found this interesting, because I thought KL brought up a good point about wifi access in hospitals. I recalled that it was an issue brought up in Lisa Given’s presentation on the TREKK project, which incorporated iPads in a hospital setting. (As an aside, I thoroughly encourage everyone to attend those presentations, because I’ve learned A LOT from them!)
I don’t feel like I have many meaningful comments, but thought they were useful for inspiring thought. I’m interested in knowing more about problems with using these types of devices in hospital settings, because KL points out how effective they are at offering broader services, and Lisa Given pointed out how they can aid in diagnosis. I can also attest to the fact that the iPad (and other devices) offers a new level of accessibility that is harder to accomplish in an analog world. For example, iPads can be used to communicate with patients through foreign languages and pictures representing speech. In addition, the built in accessibility features could even be used in a more administrative way to help with visually impaired users, because iPads come included with screen readers, and can be tethered to refreshable braille devices. If someone came into the ER and couldn’t see the papers you need filled out, having iPads available could be a viable solution, and the documents could be transmitted electronically with wifi.
I know this is a topic I will revisit, but I thought these two things set a good starting point. I won’t lie, I’m probably going to dive into the use of apps and technology, because we talk about it so much in Project ALFA. We tend to look at from a geriatric and/or gerontological position, but I think there’s still a strong relationship to the medical field. I sure do hope it’s ok for me to really look at elder care, because I already have a few blogs bookmarked!