Baillieu win kills Vic hospital iPads

Baillieu win kills Vic hospital iPads

Summary: A proposed Victorian Labor plan to issue hospital doctors with an iPad each is set to be scrapped after the recent state elections saw a change in government.

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A proposed Victorian Labor plan to issue hospital doctors with an iPad each is set to be scrapped after the recent state elections saw a change in government.

The now former-Premier John Brumby conceded defeat last night, taking with him the plan to hand out iPads to hospitals.

In a statement from Premier Baillieu's office today, the Coalition instead pledged to conduct a full audit of the Victorian hospital system to determine future needs and the suitability of tablet devices in hospitals.

"The Coalition is not opposed to the introduction of new technology such as portable tablets into Victorian hospitals but will be talking to doctors, nurses and other health professionals as well as patients to determine appropriate priorities," the statement added.

The proposed $12 million plan was applauded by e-health vendor iSoft, who flagged the plan as having positive impacts across the healthcare ecosystem.

At a press conference this morning, Premier Ted Baillieu said that the government had a detailed plan and is eager to "get on with it".

Also part of Baillieu's plan for the government's first 100 days is to conduct an audit of the myki transport system, starting immediately.

Topics: Apple, Government, Government AU, Health, iPad

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  • Forget Myki, Ted needs to have a hard look at HealthSMART!!!
    Rahn-f8cf5
  • Thank God, the idea was kinda wasteful.
    scott2010au