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Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday tweeted out a photo and brief message highlighting a recent visit to the Veterans Affairs hospital in Palo Alto, Calif., saying he was happy to meet with doctors who now use iPads to treat patients.




In the photo, Cook is seen talking with a hospital staff member who appears to be using an iPad Air with special protective cover. The Apple chief visited the VA Palo Alto Health Care System today with California Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo.

August 21, 2014


Since its debut, the iPad has been making inroads into the medical sector as doctors turn to the tablet for everything from reference material to chart management. A big part of the iPad's success in the field comes thanks to a healthy selection of industry apps.

The iPad has curried favor as far back as 2011, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration green lit an app radiologists can use to view images and make mobile diagnoses.

Cook's visit comes one day after newly appointed Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald surveyed the Palo Alto VA HCS as part of a nationwide tour of VA hospitals. As reported by the San Jose Mercury News, McDonald lauded the facility as being one of the best in the system.

"Palo Alto VA medical center is one of the crown jewels of our healthcare system," he said. "Every day, great care is delivered to veterans in every healthcare facility nationwide, but it's especially evident here in Palo Alto and that's why I'm here today."

America's Veterans Affairs healthcare system was thrust into the spotlight after it was reported that veterans were receiving subpar care, some of whom supposedly died waiting for treatment. The revelations led to an investigation that found a system fraught with trouble. Falsification of records meant to cover up excessive wait times, incorrect diagnoses and other scandals came to light, ultimately forcing former VA head Eric Shinseki to tender his resignation.

There has been no word as to the VA's official stance on iPads and it is unknown if other facilities in the system use the tablet.
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Tim: "I like that app! What's it called"

Nurse: "iHealth. It's on the Cydia store"

Tim: "Doh!!!"

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   Apple develops an improved programming language.  Google copied Java.  Everything you need to know, right there.

 

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post #4 of 28
Tim - the subtle quiet genius CEO. Let it begin!
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When Tim saw the breadth of his domain he wept,
for there were no more worlds to conquer.

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NYTimes title: Apple CEO Visits Hospital, Some Concerned He May Have Cancer

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NYTimes title: Apple CEO Visits Hospital, Some Concerned He May Have Cancer

Indian media definitely would respond like this.

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Health care (civilian and military) centers are pretty much dominated by iPads. Android doesn't offer the types of apps that specialists, like neurologists and cardiologists, have access to on iOS. And I doubt it will change any time soon, if ever.
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If I ever went to any doctor and saw them walking into the room clutching an Android tablet, I would obviously immediately leave and switch doctors. 

 

If a doctor and/or health institution skimps out on tablets, what else do they skimp out on? Stuff like medicine or treatment given to patients?

 

Especially when it is so well known that iOS totally dominates the health industry, I would be extremely suspicious of anybody using an Android tablet. Why would they make that decision? It would either have to be total ignorance and gross incompetence or just total cheapness. Either way, both would be adequate reasons to dump that doctor and/or health institution.

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NYTimes title: Apple CEO Visits Hospital, Some Concerned He May Have Cancer

Sad, but true. And AI would run with story without questioning its validity.
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Health care (civilian and military) centers are pretty much dominated by iPads. Android doesn't offer the types of apps that specialists, like neurologists and cardiologists, have access to on iOS. And I doubt it will change any time soon, if ever.

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If I ever went to any doctor and saw them walking into the room clutching an Android tablet, I would obviously immediately leave and switch doctors. 

If a doctor and/or health institution skimps out on tablets, what else do they skimp out on? Stuff like medicine or treatment given to patients?

Especially when it is so well known that iOS totally dominates the health industry, I would be extremely suspicious of anybody using an Android tablet. Why would they make that decision? It would either have to be total ignorance and gross incompetence or just total cheapness. Either way, both would be adequate reasons to dump that doctor and/or health institution.

http://gigaom.com/2014/08/21/healthcare-employees-in-florida-choose-chromebooks-over-windows-ipad/
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That is Google propaganda.

 

Your link leads directly back to googleenterprise.blogspot.com

 

So Google managed to find some tiny health provider in west-central Florida that uses Chromebooks?

 

Good for them! I am glad that I don't live in west-central Florida.

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If I ever went to any doctor and saw them walking into the room clutching an Android tablet, I would obviously immediately leave and switch doctors. 

 

If a doctor and/or health institution skimps out on tablets, what else do they skimp out on? Stuff like medicine or treatment given to patients?

 

Especially when it is so well known that iOS totally dominates the health industry, I would be extremely suspicious of anybody using an Android tablet. Why would they make that decision? It would either have to be total ignorance and gross incompetence or just total cheapness. Either way, both would be adequate reasons to dump that doctor and/or health institution.

 

I think we need to go farther than that.  Let's really send a message to the world.

 

Why not also refuse to get treatment from any hospital that does not exclusively use Apple computers?  Was that why Steve Jobs took so long to get treatment? If so, he should be admired for standing by his convictions even in the face of death.

 

And refuse to be buried in any cemetery that does not exclusively use Apple computers?

 

And refuse to put your money in any bank that does not exclusively use Apple computers?

 

And refuse to attend any school that does not exclusively use Apple computers?

 

And refuse to work for any company that does not exclusively use Apple computers?

 

And refuse to vote for any public official who does not exclusively use Apple computers?

 

And refuse to appear in any court of law that does not exclusively use Apple computers?

 

And refuse to shop at any store that does not exclusively use Apple computers?

 

And refuse to eat any food that was not prepared exclusively using Apple computers?

 

And refuse to take any medication was that not designed and manufactured exclusively using Apple computers?

 

And refuse to drive any car that was not built exclusively using Apple computers?

 

And refuse to fly to or from any airport that does not exclusively use Apple computers?

 

And refuse to fly on any airline that does not exclusively use Apple computers?

 

And refuse to connect to any internet service provider that does not exclusively use Apple computers?

 

And refuse to access any web site that is not hosted exclusively on Apple computers?

 

And refuse to live in any house that was not built exclusively using Apple computers?

 

And refuse to use electricity from any electric company that does not exclusively use Apple computers?

 

And refuse to use water from any water company that does not exclusively use Apple computers?


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If I ever went to any doctor and saw them walking into the room clutching an Android tablet, I would obviously immediately leave and switch doctors. 

If I see my doctor with an Android tablet, I'd be all like, "customization! I like my medicine man with his priorities straight!"

*fist bump*

Then I would ask for a prescription of his best sticky icky. Peace, y'all.

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I think we need to go farther than that.  Let's really send a message to the world.

 

There is no we. There is only I, and I was simply stating what I would do.

 

If for example others wish to get treated in a hospital that was exclusively using Android, then who am I to stop them? It's their health and their life, and they are free to do as they wish. 

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That is Google propaganda.

Your link leads directly back to googleenterprise.blogspot.com

So Google managed to find some tiny health provider in west-central Florida that uses Chromebooks?

Good for them! I am glad that I don't live in west-central Florida.
First off, you pretty much buy into Apple propaganda hook line and sinker, so calling anything pro-Google, "propaganda" is living the hypocrisy dream.
That said, using Chromebooks in place of Windows desktops is pretty smart in certain circumstances. It is why we are seeing a significant increase in Chromebook sales. But I highly doubt the doctors of this healthcare provider are walking around with Chromebooks, going from patient to patient.
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First off, you pretty much buy into Apple propaganda hook line and sinker, so calling anything pro-Google, "propaganda" is living the hypocrisy dream.
That said, using Chromebooks in place of Windows desktops is pretty smart in certain circumstances. It is why we are seeing a significant increase in Chromebook sales. But I highly doubt the doctors of this healthcare provider are walking around with Chromebooks, going from patient to patient.

There are numerous falsehoods in your post, and I will address them.

 

I don't go around calling anything for Google propaganda, I am calling that specific link Google propaganda because the original source is Google! Do you know how to read web urls? It's pro-Google, because it came from Google! Seriously, are you dense or something?

 

If something came directly from Apple, then yes, that could be considered pro-Apple.

 

Also, to claim that I pretty much buy into Apple propaganda hook line and sinker is one of the most ludicrous and false things to ever have been written on this forum.

 

Anybody who posts or reads this forum a lot knows that I am often very critical of Apple from time to time, and I have no problems with bashing Apple when I feel the need to. It wouldn't take somebody very long to find many, many posts written by me where I have been highly critical of Apple.

 

As for Chromebooks VS Windows, that doesn't really interest me at all, since I use neither system and I have no dog in that race. Let them both fight it out, that sounds good to me. 

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When Tim saw the breadth of his domain he wept,
for there were no more worlds to conquer.

Beautiful quote.

Although now, thanks to Die Hard, I don't know if you're quoting Alexander the Great or Hans Gruber.
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I think we need to go farther than that.  Let's really send a message to the world.

 

Why not also refuse to get treatment from any hospital that does not exclusively use Apple computers?  Was that why Steve Jobs took so long to get treatment? If so, he should be admired for standing by his convictions even in the face of death.

 

And refuse to...etc...

 

 

Where, oh where can I find this utopia?

 

What's that?

 

The future, you say?

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post #20 of 28

@Haggar, are all your 1000+ posts just picking on Apple and guys on this forum?

Haggar, that's horrible!

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I LOVE the diversity in that photo, two too many white men though, ewww!
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Originally Posted by Apple ][ View Post
 

If I ever went to any doctor and saw them walking into the room clutching an Android tablet, I would obviously immediately leave and switch doctors. 

 

If a doctor and/or health institution skimps out on tablets, what else do they skimp out on? Stuff like medicine or treatment given to patients?

 

Especially when it is so well known that iOS totally dominates the health industry, I would be extremely suspicious of anybody using an Android tablet. Why would they make that decision? It would either have to be total ignorance and gross incompetence or just total cheapness. Either way, both would be adequate reasons to dump that doctor and/or health institution.

 

I think we need to go farther than that.  Let's really send a message to the world.

 

Why not also refuse to get treatment from any hospital that does not exclusively use Apple computers?  Was that why Steve Jobs took so long to get treatment? If so, he should be admired for standing by his convictions even in the face of death.

 

And refuse to be buried in any cemetery that does not exclusively use Apple computers?

 

And refuse to put your money in any bank that does not exclusively use Apple computers?

 

And refuse to attend any school that does not exclusively use Apple computers?

 

And refuse to work for any company that does not exclusively use Apple computers?

 

And refuse to vote for any public official who does not exclusively use Apple computers?

 

And refuse to appear in any court of law that does not exclusively use Apple computers?

 

And refuse to shop at any store that does not exclusively use Apple computers?

 

And refuse to eat any food that was not prepared exclusively using Apple computers?

 

And refuse to take any medication was that not designed and manufactured exclusively using Apple computers?

 

And refuse to drive any car that was not built exclusively using Apple computers?

 

And refuse to fly to or from any airport that does not exclusively use Apple computers?

 

And refuse to fly on any airline that does not exclusively use Apple computers?

 

And refuse to connect to any internet service provider that does not exclusively use Apple computers?

 

And refuse to access any web site that is not hosted exclusively on Apple computers?

 

And refuse to live in any house that was not built exclusively using Apple computers?

 

And refuse to use electricity from any electric company that does not exclusively use Apple computers?

 

And refuse to use water from any water company that does not exclusively use Apple computers?

 

Sounds reasonable to me.

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NYTimes title: Apple CEO Visits Hospital, Some Concerned He May Have Cancer


They aren't THAT sensationalist.

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NYTimes title: Apple CEO Visits Hospital, Some Concerned He May Have Cancer


They aren't THAT sensationalist.

Plenty are, though.

His wider point was that the media have a tendency to be irrationally negative about Apple, and that this negativity goes way back into the mists of time.
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post #25 of 28

Touting his products naturally.Tim Cook PR might work for him but others I say no.

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They aren't THAT sensationalist.

It's purposeful hyperbole to mock their over-the-top reporting of Apple.

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America's Veterans Affairs healthcare system was thrust into the spotlight after it was reported that veterans were receiving subpar care, some of whom supposedly died waiting for treatment. The revelations led to an investigation that found a system fraught with trouble. Falsification of records meant to cover up excessive wait times, incorrect diagnoses and other scandals came to light, ultimately forcing former VA head Eric Shinseki to tender his resignation.

Why is this even in the story. What does it have to do with Cooks visit or the use of ipads. Nothing. It seems to be there only to fulfill some weird quota that there has to be some kind of scandal in all stories AI posts

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Health care (civilian and military) centers are pretty much dominated by iPads. Android doesn't offer the types of apps that specialists, like neurologists and cardiologists, have access to on iOS. And I doubt it will change any time soon, if ever.

It's not just the apps. Those were created by someone or some company and they choose to create for iOS. Why? Why not make an android version instead or in addition. Perhaps because of the infrastructure. Apple has created systems for distributing apps publicly and in house, they created Configurator. Plus the lack of malware, built in restrictions, etc. These things might be what enticed the app developers to go iOS and the equal lack of might be making them not jump into android just yet

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