One of my more popular pieces at ZDNet Healthcare so far this year described medicine as the iPad sweet spot.
My point was that since the iPad looked-and-felt like the pads many doctors already carried around with them, and many were already hot for iPhone "apps," software vendors and re-sellers would build a big medical market around it.
What I didn't expect was that some politician would see an advantage in championing the iPad.
The question that occurs is whether this is a move toward more effective health care or a political stunt.
Given the rhetoric coming out of Brumby's health minister (all about younger physicians being more familiar with technology than we old codgers) and the vague nature of the applications (the hospitals have to create them, for now it's Web access) my first instinct is stunt.
But if Labor politicians see advantages in being seen on the side of the iPad, I have to think there are for-profit hospitals in the U.S. who also see these advantages.
Let me know if you see your doctor sporting an iPad.