Mobile Devices in Healthcare: Developmental or Distracting?

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There has recently been a debate going on regarding whether advances in mobile health are helping or hurting patients. I read an article, How iPads Improve the Patient Experience, which gave one side of the story on how mobile technology can be a boon to treating patients.

The article references a Mayo Clinic YouTube video which shows how heart patients are walked through surgery preparations. It also mentions customizing MRI settings to introduce the patient’s music, photo, videos, etc. which could be especially helpful in calming nerves of anxious patients.


The iPad has also been helpful in making hospital check-in quick and paperless, as well as helping doctors communicate with remote patients.

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