The biggest market for the iTablet: healthcare

Software Advice's Houston Neal thinks that a Mac-based tablet computer could be the ultimate device for the healthcare industry specifically for EMR's or Electronic Medical Records.There have been a lot of rumors about an upcoming Apple "iTablet;" we think this new device would be a huge bestseller in healthcare.

Software Advice's Houston Neal thinks that a Mac-based tablet computer could be the ultimate device for the healthcare industry specifically for EMR's or Electronic Medical Records.

There have been a lot of rumors about an upcoming Apple "iTablet;" we think this new device would be a huge bestseller in healthcare. Why?

The primary barrier to EMR adoption has been ease-of-use. Too many physicians are concerned about being able to efficiently use an EMR at the point of care. Apple, meanwhile, continues to raise the bar on usability and efficiency. If Apple releases a tablet with the usability of the iPhone, we think it would go over tremendously well amongst physicians.

In fact, we already talk to many physicians that want an EMR for the Apple OS, but very few such systems exist. We think there is a big opportunity for any "first mover" EMR vendor that writes to the Mac OS and this new Tablet device.

I agree with Neal's basic premise, that Mac OS X is perfectly suited for the healthcare industry because of its ease-of-use, touch and voice integration and mobile capabilities. Although there are probably thousands of applications and vertical markets for a tablet Mac, the demand in healthcare industry alone could be enough to prompt Apple to release it. Which which be great because then the rest of us can buy one too.

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