Before we begin the content of today’s blog, like most users of Apple® technology, we mourn the death of Steve Jobs. His inventiveness has been an inspiration to all members of the MediTouch® Team, we will all miss him, but we also remain confident that the iPad® will remain a great solution for healthcare providers.
On Tuesday, October 4th, Apple® held their highly anticipated Let’s Talk iPhone® event with newly crowned CEO Tim Cook. Tim began his keynote address by touting many of the statistics we at HealthFusion® have been emphasizing:
- The iPad® is the #1 undisputed tablet in the world, accounting for three quarters of all tablets sold
- iOS is the #1 mobile operating system in the world, accounting for 43% of the market
- CEO Tim Cook stated, “Over 80 percent of the hospitals in the US are now testing or piloting iPads®.”
While the throngs of Mac® devotees tuned into the event may have been a bit discouraged by the lack of an iPhone® 5, we at HealthFusion® were excited to see the final iteration of the iOS 5 mobile operating system, available for free download to the general public starting October 12th. As we discussed in a previous blog post, iOS 5 Coming this Fall — What Does It Mean for MediTouch® Users?, as certified iPad® developers, we have been privileged to have the opportunity to preview and test Apple’s® new iOS 5. All of the iOS 5 features we forecasted in our previous blog have come to fruition, most with capabilities that have surpassed our expectations, but there is one additional feature we believe will benefit our MediTouch® users — HTML 5 Rich Text Editor.
HTML 5 Rich Text Editor
While many people may be unfamiliar with the term, most people use a rich text editor on a daily basis without even knowing. Essentially a rich text editor is a Web-based word processor; the editors are utilized by many email providers, such as Gmail® and Yahoo®. However, in past iterations of iOS, rich text editing was not supported; even Google® couldn’t find a solution to provide it for their Gmail® users. Therefore, MediTouch® users were unable to edit signed encounters and library templates directly on their iPad®. With iOS 5, MediTouch® users will be able to document directly on their iPad® using a rich text editor (we’ve selected CKEditor®); that means no more having to use a laptop or desktop to edit already signed encounter notes. Starting October 12th, with the release of iOS 5, text editing will be able to be completed directly on the iPad®.
Our iPad® development team has been testing the iOS 5 Beta for months. The team will be testing the golden master copy of iOS 5 this week to ensure that it is safe for our users and ready for the October 12th launch date.
Enjoy iOS 5 and What It Means for MediTouch®
iOS 5 will be available for free download to the general public starting on October 12th. As certified iPad® developers, our iPad® development team at HealthFusion® has had the opportunity to test and experiment with iOS 5 prior to its release, and we are excited by its potential. The transition to iOS 5 for MediTouch® users will be seamless, and we hope to introduce and incorporate new features now possible through iOS 5 in the near future. We are excited about Apple’s® new mobile operating system and what its potential means for MediTouch® users; we hope you share our enthusiasm and enjoy iOS 5.