Ashland Community Hospital in Oregon, U.S.A gives their patients Ipads to use during their stay in hospital, to keep in touch with their families, play games etc. and generally to make them feel a bit better.
I must admit that when I first read about the Ipad, I instantly thought of its potential for patients, especially children who may be in hospital for long periods of time. The Ipad can be a source of entertainment; images, video, music and information, and in this way can help to relieve the boredom patients can face when in hospital. However, more importantly the Ipad can be used for child patients who are away from school for long periods, to keep up with their schoolwork and to communicate with their teachers and classmates.