The first iPad reviews are out, and they’re very positive. Here’s a selection of the reviews (compiled by MacRumors):
And here’s a roundup of recent medical blogs commentary on the iPad:
The Unofficial Apple Weblog features a review of Carter’s Encyclopedia of Health and Medicine, an app designed specifically for the iPad. (This is not an eBook, but a full app with searchable interactive skeletons, etc.)
CareCloud, a new cloud-based EHR, plans to have an iPad version. Epic already has an iPhone app and presumably will have an iPad version available. Allscripts is rumored to have an upcoming EHR for the iPad. (No word on whether other EHRs plan on having an iPad app. If you have any information, please post a comment.)
Healthcare Technology Online has a discussion of the pros of cons of the iPad in healthcare.
Finally, on Satish Misra attempts to temper the enthusiasms surrounding the iPad. On a post on KevinMD.com titled “Why healthcare may not embrace the iPad,” Misra notes that the iPad lacks some features identified as “must-have” in a survey of physicians, including fingerprint access, an RFID reader, camera, and a barcode scanner. However, he noted that many physicians are enthusiastic about the iPad, and according to an Epocrates survey, 20% plan to buy one within 1 year and at least 40% are interested.
I’ll have more information about the iPad next week, after I’ve had a chance to actually test it myself. Stay tuned.