A woman holds an iPad at the CeBIT IT fair on its opening day on March 1, 2011 in Hanover, Germany. (JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

How would you feel if your doctor walked into the examination room with an iPad?

You may find out sooner than you think. The iPad application drchrono has been granted a “Meaningful Use” certification by the U.S. government, meaning the electronic health care records technology is proven to be used “in ways that can be measured significantly in quality and in quantity.” It is the first of its kind to receive this certification.

DrC=chrono announced Thursday that the certification also comes with federal funding in the form of as much as $44,000 in economic stimulus incentives for doctors who use the application to manage patient data.

The application includes speech-to-text, which allows doctors to bypass the transcription process. It also offers paperless billing, electronic prescription filing, custom clinical notes creator and video and photo features.

The iPad application appears to be a harbinger of things come. As Post columnist Vivek Wadhwa writes

... technologies, when they are connected to electronic and personal health records and to social networks, can create powerful feedback loops with friends, and provide clinicians with better information for helping their patients.

Wadhwa lists a number of additional ideas provided to him by fellow Singularity University colleague and physician Daniel Kraft. All of the technologies combine elements from technological fields that are rapidly growing.

Tweet — But What do you think? What is the next step in medical innovation? We’ll be following #NextHealth for your ideas.


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