Two unique deployments prove that tablets are for all ages

by Doug Drinkwater

April 9 2013

The Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles is using iPads for mothers to check on their new-born children
The Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles is using iPads for mothers to check on their new-born children

From streaming Christian prayers to being used by mothers to check up on their new-born child, two new case studies prove that tablets have universal appeal.

The Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles recently deployed iPads in its neonatal intensive care unit (NCIU), primarily for mothers to interact with their new-born children and medical staff.

The roll-out sees one iPad being given to the mother, while another is placed next to a child’s incubator when admitted to NCIU. Mothers are allowed to log onto to the solution, which is called BabyTime, twice a day to check on their child.

The Cedars-Sinai Medical Center says that these iPads come in handy for mothers recovering from a Caesarean section. Indeed, the center claims that 20-30% of mothers who have undergone a C-section do not feel well enough to travel to the NICU in the first 24-48 hours.

“BabyTime will help bridge communication with the family and the baby's medical team and is an excellent use of technology to help new mothers bond with their babies, even when they cannot be physically at their babies' bedside,” said Charles F. Simmons Jr., MD, who chairs the Cedars-Sinai Department of Pediatrics.

“When doctors and nurses are treating a new-born in the NICU, mom can be right there asking questions and getting updates, even if she's on a different floor.”

This wasn’t the only unusual tablet deployment to come out this week, with a number of newspapers, including The Daily Mail, reporting that a Christian church in the United Kingdom is now using tablets and WiFi to stream bible passages and church hymns.

St John’s Church in Mickleover, Derby has taken to tablets and other digital devices, mainly because some members of the congregation have struggled to read the small text on the paper-bound bibles.

Networking company The Cloud has donated a number of tablets to the church and has installed a WiFi network in the church's cafe.

Update: According to The Register, the tablets come from French vendor Archos.

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