I’ve been running around the pharmacy with a new iPad for the last couple of days. Actually, I’ve been handing it off to pharmacist after pharmacist for the last couple of days. After seeing the device, they all of a sudden have some interest in it. Go figure.
My hope is to use the iPad as a tool for the pharmacists on the floor to access patient data, drug information resources, etc. The advantages of the devices are its size and weight – the iPad actually fits in the outside pocket of the pharmacists lab coat – along with its 10-plus hour battery life.
The pharmacists are currently using a combination of Motion J3400 and Dell XT2 tablet PCs. They appear to like both devices, but the two most common complaints I hear are that they are heavy and have poor battery life.
The iPad is using Citrix Receiver to access a “virtual pharmacy desktop”. The virtual desktop has all the clinical applications that the pharmacists typically use during rounds plus access to Lexi-Comp, UpToDate, Micromedex, etc.
The Citrix Receiver works well and I was pleasantly surprised by the response of the applications inside Citrix on the iPad. I was expecting the same sluggish response that I’ve seen from many virtual desktop connections, but not this time.
I’m looking forward to getting a few iPads up on the floor in the pharmacists hands. The interest level along with the ease of carrying the device might make it useful. Only time will tell.
There are some images below if you’re interested.