It’s nothing major, but reports like this seem to point toward a slow shift towards greater use of IT in health care. Getting neurosurgeons to use iPod touches to eliminate paper at a conference is just a small step. I predict that some will resist and be upset and i can’t really blame them. Reading academic papers, for some unknown reason, still seems easier on paper than it is on the screen.
What I do see, however, as a positive step is that this is an initiative being pushed by other physicians which will begin to change the social environment (a la social cognitive theory) to be more conducive toward using information technologies for health related purposes. There are still many stumbling blocks to be overcome within the actual work environment (i.e., hospitals and offices), but this is a positive step.