Physicians at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Center in Rochester have credited an iPad for helping to save a patient's life. The Post-Bulletin reports that Andy McMonigle, a 48-year-old male nurse at the clinic, felt a pounding sensation in his arm on Feb. 23 after cycling. He had a history of heart trouble, so McMonigle asked a nearby man for help.
That man turned out to be Dr Daniel Lueders, an internal medicine resident at the clinic. He was later joined by Dr Christopher DeSimone and Dr Daniel DeSimone.
Dr Lauders grabbed his iPad and connected it to the Mayo EMR to review McMonigle's medical history, and the doctors compared his symptoms with his medical history and concluded that he had a blockage in his stent. They were able to get hold of some Asprin and a simple drug to thin the blood.
The doctors used the iPad to view the EKG record and evaluated the patient on the spot. The ambulance came and sent the patient to cardiac catherization lab for the clot to be removed. The team also activated an emergency code so that the medical team would be ready on the patient's arrival. All this done using an iPad.
Stories like this makes it more important for the medical industry to take up the use of tablet devices for connectivity and situations like this.