A hospital in Israel has begun using Apple’s iPad to enable medical staff to help treat patients, provide consultations and study X-rays and CT scans from afar.

The Mayanei Hayeshua Medical Center, located in the largely ultra-orthodox Tel Aviv suburb of Bnei Brak, has programmed the touch screen device to interact with software used by the hospital.

According to the Reuters news service, the medical center has announced that it is the first to program the high-resolution, touch-screen iPad to interact with Microsoft Corp’s Chameleon software used by hospitals.

Dr Yoram Liwer, chief executive of Mayanei Hayeshua said, “The patients’ data are in the computer … so physicians who are out of hospital but on call can see X-rays and ultrasounds through their iPad and give more intelligent advice to staff in the hospital.

One example is a patient who arrived in the emergency room with a broken hip. The duty doctor was able to consult with a senior orthopedic surgeon who studied the X-rays and CT scans from afar.

“The high resolution of the screens enables good viewing of the X-rays and also the iPad is fun to work with… People like to carry it with them… so we get better and more intelligent consulting,” Liwer said.