Bedside Ordering With a High-Tech Personal “Touch"

Bedside Ordering With a High-Tech Personal “Touch"

Ohio State Medical Center uses iPads to take meal requests from patients.

The nutrition aide enters the patient’s room, asks how she is feeling and what she would like for dinner, as well as breakfast and lunch the next day. He runs through the choices for each meal in turn—all of them appropriate to any special diet restrictions this particular patient may have—and logs the requests. The encounter ends with a cheerful “I’ll be back soon with your lunch” as the aide heads off to see his next patient.

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