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How Mayo Clinic Is Using iPads to Empower Patients

The Mayo Clinic is using technology to improve outcomes and lower costs delivering care to surgical patients. They developed a program using iPads to provide educational materials to patients recovering from cardiac surgery. Using the capabilities of the iPad, the materials (such as expected daily care events and a self-assessment tool) were presented as videos, voice-over slideshows and text modules. The full article in The Health Care Blog includes more details on the development of the standardized practice model and the program results and benefits.  Most patients felt it was a positive experience and preliminary data shows the program can help shorten length of stay, reduce cost of care, and improve patient independence after leaving the hospital. /rv

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