New iPad retina display, Bluetooth functionality lure in docs

After less than a week's worth of test-driving, radiologists are liking the new iPad, according to radiology news site, AuntMinnie.com. In particular, the new high-resolution retina display is making the new iPad almost the equivalent of a 3-megapixel PACS monitor, according to the article.

"The higher-resolution display and faster 4G speed will only spur on the wave of referring doctors and radiologists who are beginning to depend on these mobile devices for access to images when not near a workstation," David Hirschorn, director of radiology informatics at Staten Island University Hospital tells AuntMinnie.

The iPad's new quad-core processor also adds speed to the mix, allowing radiologists to set applications to perform multiple tasks, such as resampling large image sets in oblique planes, real-time 3-D, and volume rendering, Osman Ratib, professor and chair of medical imaging and information sciences at the University Hospital of Geneva, tells AuntMinnie.

"These tasks were not quite possible on the previous generation of iPads because they were too slow," he says.

Bluetooth wireless capability has caught the eye of other physicians, too, according to a story in InformationWeek Healthcare.

The Bluetooth wireless functions allow physicians to gather patient data from wireless sensors and monitors, rather than having to hook the patients up to hard-wired monitors and other devices. And having instant access to that kind of data could improve clinicians' workflow, InformationWeek Healthcare reports.

"Beyond convenience, it better ensures accuracy since you're not counting on a busy, multitasking healthcare professional to accurately remember and transcribe the information onto paper or key it in manually," Mike Foley, executive director, Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), tells InformationWeek Healthcare.

To learn more:
- read the AuntMinnie.com article
- check out the InformationWeek Healthcare story

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