The Benefits of the iPad Pro to the Health Industry
With the iPad Pro being released recently, it brings with it huge potential to healthcare apps. With its large screen, powerful processor, and accurate stylus, the iPad Pro has many features in its arsenal that makes it a perfect fit for the health industry.
I remember last year when I had a bad cold, I went to a local clinic to get checked out. The first thing I noticed was the ancient laptops they were using. The doctor was tapping on an old touch screen Fujitsu laptop, complaining the whole time about how “this thing” never works. No doubt in my mind that it was still running Windows XP and the health software running on it was just as old. I was thinking to myself “Why are they still using these old computers?”.
The simplest answer might be that the software they are using only works on older computers and hasn’t been updated in years.
Or maybe the company that made the software no longer supports it anymore so they can’t upgrade their computers. Whatever the reason is, it has created a huge need in the health industry for new hardware, and with that, new software too.
Apple is launching an iPad with the power and screen size of a modern day laptop, and have in turn created the perfect hardware for Healthcare apps. Tablets are just easier to use when you are constantly on the move, whether you’re a doctor at a hospital or a home caregiver traveling to patients homes.
The iPad Pro in particular is mush easier to carry around with you than a standard laptop, while also having a larger screen than a mobile phone.
Lastly, tablets are more interactive than a laptop, allowing users to directly touch and interact with what you are displaying on the screen.
These features alone are reasons to have more tablets in use within the healthcare industry.
In case you’re a techie, here is a quick breakdown of the new specs of the iPad Pro:
- A9X 64-bit processor
- 12.9” Retina Display
- 2732-by-2048 screen resolution
- 32GB or 128GB of storage
- Built in stereo speakers
- 10 hours of battery life when web surfing
Perhaps the most exciting thing to consider when making these apps is the interaction you could create between the Apple Watch and the iPad Pro. Take this situation for an example of product synergy.
A doctor could give a patient with heart problems a Apple Watch to take home with them. On that watch would be an app that would be tracking the user’s heart beat as well as some other information. The app would then send the patients data back to the doctor where they would be able to view the collected data on the large iPad Pro screen. When the patient goes back to see the doctor, they would be able to go over the data together on the large screen. The patient feels more involved in their treatment and the doctor has a better tool at their disposal to track the patient’s health.
Now would be the perfect time for health-centric apps, designed for the iPad Pro.
The market hasn’t been flooded yet with similar products and any new user of the iPad Pro is looking for apps that take advantage of its superior features. When Apple announced the iPad Pro they showcased a company called 3D4Medical, creators of many different healthcare apps. They were given time on stage to talk about their apps and to show what benefits the iPad Pro brings to the table.
After the announcement I could tell that Apple was really trying to show themselves as the best choice for healthcare professionals and their clients.
They’re definitely on the right path with the iPad Pro.