A short yet significant news on the recent purchase (or budget allocation) by the Health Ministry of Victoria (most densely populated Australian state – second largest state in terms of population – ~5.5M People) – it demonstrates that the iPad, as a business platform, has some significant room to grow. Now imagine the state of California (or New York) making a similar move – Redmond truly has a huge problem to reckon with…
Here is a short note on the planned purchase:
Health Minister Daniel Andrews today announced $500,000 for a pilot program that will deliver 500 iPads for graduate doctors in medicine, nurse practitioners and advanced practice nurses to use while treating patients in hospital.
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It seems that the general consensus is that healthcare and education professionals will be the early adopters of iPad-for-Business concept. See below for a quote from BusinessWeek (link/source below):
Professionals in health care and education, as well as students, will probably be among the biggest purchasers of the iPad, says Wolf at Needham & Co. More than 30% of 178 health-care workers surveyed in January by Software Advice, an online software vendor, said they were “very likely” to buy a tablet.
George Fox University in Newberg, Ore., says on its Web site that it will give each incoming freshman the choice of an iPad or a MacBook, also made by Apple, starting with the 2010-2011 academic year.
Source: “Businesses Want Apple’s iPad, Too” by Olga Kharif.