Victoria – the place to be (if you’re a doctor and want an iPad)

Xavier Verhoeven
9 November, 2010
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You know it’s election time when politicians start making big promises, and that’s exactly what happened on Monday with Premier John Brumby announcing that all Victorian doctors would be given an iPad as part of the Labor Party’s $1.5 billion health policy.

“As technology evolves, so do the tools that our doctors need,” said Mr Brumby. “We will provide $12 million to buy iPads for every doctor working in Victoria’s public hospital system, so they have easy access to time-critical clinical information at a patient’s bedside.”

Obviously that $12 million is but a tiny chunk of the bigger health picture, but it’s getting a fair bit of coverage on the web – here and abroad.

We reported on a similar story back in August, when Victorian graduate doctors were given iPads as part of a $500,000 trial. The recent announcement makes no mention of the earlier trial, but it’s safe to assume the iPads have proven useful if the government intends to extend the program.

The Next Web Australia notes that the opposition has not announced plans to use specific devices, but refers to the adoption of “appropriate mobile technology” in its health plan.

With GfK reporting in October that 188,000 iPads have been sold Australia-wide since its debut (an estimated figure), the government could be about to become a significant portion of the market – set to snap up somewhere between 10,000 to 20,000 iPads (depending on which model the government opts for and what kind of bulk deal it gets). Re-election of Labor could be a nice win for Apple. And the state’s doctors.

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