Thinking about getting an Apple iPad to do your documentation in the clinic? There are a few important things to consider before investing your hard earned money in an iPad, especially with clinical use in mind. We all know that the iPad does not come cheap, so to prevent any buyer’s remorse we have created this buying guide to make sure you get the iPad that is right for you in the clinic. Following this guide will get you up and running with the best iPad possible in no time.
How Much Memory to Buy?
Many consumers get confused by the three memory sizes available that Apple currently offers. This refer to the storage space that comes with each model: 16GB, a 32GB, and 64GB memory. The iPad was made to store photos and music and these size differences refer to that functionality. Unless you are saving thousands of PDFs, you could potentially get away with the 16GB of storage space. If you use a web-based EMR, like WebPT, then you need not pay the $100 upgrade for more storage, because most, if not all, of your business files will be stored on WebPT servers.
Wi-Fi or 3G Internet?
The biggest dilemma for most is whether or not you want the Wi-Fi enabled or the 3G version of the iPad. This is really going to depend on where you are going to be using your iPad the most. If your clinic has secure Wi-Fi and that is the only location that you will be utilizing the iPad, then the Wi-Fi only version is perfect. If your clinic is currently hardwired to the internet, you can easily ask your network administrator to set up a wireless router for use with iPad.