Doctors Using iPads Down Under? Diagnosis: Awesome!

Doctor using iPad
(Image courtesy of 9to5Mac)

If you live in the land down under, your next visit to a doctor may very well include some time with Apple’s iPad, as doctors in the Australian state of Victoria will now be packing everyone’s favorite mobile tablet.

9to5Mac is reporting that Australia’s medical community is a hotbed of iPad activity, thanks to Premier John Brumby, a Labor Party politician for the state of Victoria. The Premier “plans to provide iPads to all the doctors working in Australia’s public health system,” with 500 units heading to Victorian hospitals in January, 2011.

“As technology evolves, so do the tools that our doctors need,” Premier Brumby explained. “We will provide 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.”

This isn’t the first time that Premier Brumby has put iPads in the hands of his constituents — earlier this year the government bought over 500 iPads for Victorian schools, and the state of Victoria “has also created a Government 2.0 action plan and set up an interactive eGovernment website to allow participation and interaction with Victorian residents.”

With the iPad currently enjoying 95 percent of the tablet market, the device is finally enjoying widespread use in corporate, enterprise and medical industries — not to mention the millions of regular folks who can’t live without theirs.

So when will we start seeing iPads in widespread use here in the United States? Diagnosis: Uncertain, but we can still dream, can’t we…?

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