In pictures: 12 ways the iPad Is changing healthcare

For an industry that has tried to avoid technology, healthcare is embracing the iPad. Here's a look at how it's being used today and the promise it holds for tomorrow.

The iPad Improves Healthcare for Soldiers, Veterans

The U.S. Veterans Health Administration, already a healthcare IT adoption leader, is a pioneer in using the iPad. Last year, the Department of Veterans Affairs (the VHA's parent agency) announced plans to buy 100,000 iPads and iPhones, largely for clinical use, and a corresponding request for a mobile device management solution. In the meantime, the Clinic-in-Hand program will distribute 1,000 iPads so veterans' caregivers can better communicate with VA physicians; apps installed on the iPad, meanwhile, will be available in an app store the VA hopes to launch next year. Finally, Army medics are testing the iPad and other mobile devices' ability to access soldiers' records and place lab orders; wireless security concerns remain.

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