[FoRK] Hospital orders 100 iPads 
sean at conman.org
Thu May 6 17:00:08 PDT 2010
It was thus said that the Great Dave Kammeyer once stated:
> On Thu, May 6, 2010 at 5:00 PM, Sean Conner <sean at conman.org> wrote:
> > Depending upon the use-case, client certificates (much like secure
> > certificates for websites where the client certifies the server, these let
> > the server certify the client) could work. We use this at work, and no
> > passwords are required. Plus, they can be set to expire, and even revoked.
> I'm not well versed in HIPAA, but if the only thing required to gain
> access to medical records is a file which is on every doctor's USB
> key, I'd rather have a password.
Why? It's just as easy if the doctor loses his USB key to inform the
proper department to have them revoke that certificate (much like revoking a
credit card). In fact, that seems better than for the doctor to not realize
his password has been compromised (because he wrote it down somewhere and
someone memorized it ).
Also, if the doctor knows his password has been compromised, he still
still have to inform the proper department, so I don't see why a password is
better than a certificate on a USB key (or on his private iPad).
> As for the iPad in a medical setting, it has a lot of potential, as it
> doesn't get in the way between the doctor and patient, has a nice
> screen, and isn't too cumbersome. The problem is input. The doctor
> is going to be writing freeform notes about the patient, and I don't
> see how the doctor is supposed to do that on an iPad. If it's at all
> slower than handwriting, it's more cost effective to have him write on
> paper and have someone else transcribe it. I have seen iPhone
> styluses, and maybe you could write something that would allow the
> doctor to make picklist type choices, plus e-ink that gets transcribed
> (for now) by a human.
All Apple has to do is go into their vaults and pull out the source code
for the Newton's handwriting recognition. By the time Jobs pulled the plug
 on it, the handwriting recognition was pretty good, and it could always
be tweaked for the individual user.
-spc (Oh wait! How about we implant an RFID chip in doctors, and an RFID
reader in the iPad? That would be secure, no?)
 There's a scene in "War Games" where David is waiting to see the
principal and when left alone, is able to snag the secretary's
password because she wrote it down.
 Because it wasn't his "baby."  He managed to piss off a lot of
people when he did that.
 Neither was the Macintosh at first, but the higher ups at Apple
pulled Jef Raskin  off that project and gave it to Jobs to get
Jobs out of the way.
 Whose initial view of the Macintosh was even *more* of an appliance
than what came out in January of 1984.
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