For now at least. I just read this article from CIO about how Seattle Children’s did a test with a handful of physicians using iPads in a clinical setting. ”Every one of the clinicians returned the iPad, saying that it wasn’t going to work for day-to-day clinical work,” says CTO Wes Wright. “The EMR (electronic medical record) apps are unwieldy on the iPad.” I wonder though was it really the iPad’s fault or was it the EMR’s? I’m guessing a bit of both. If the EMR had an app that was designed to work on an iPad, or any other tablet for that matter, would the clinicians love it? We’ve all seen articles that promote iPad use in healthcare and how physicians are loving them so this article comes as a bit of a shock against the promotion of that idea. Still if you read to the end of the article it does say that Seattle Children’s is open to the idea of using tablets in their workflow if the EMR develops an app for that. Sorry I couldn’t help but use the cliche. I believe that healthcare is going more and more mobile but it has a ways to go and not everything will be better in a mobile format. And you won’t get completely away from using a keyboard and mouse anytime soon. At least not until they develop the technology to implant the computer in our brains. What are your thoughts?