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Apps are slowly gaining ground in hospitals

MRI machines are technological marvels, modern drugs could never be created without the help of computers, and big data analysis helps governments target interventions where they are most needed.

But for basic day-to-day operations many professionals rely on technology years behind what most of us use today.

Despite many of us carrying advanced computers around in our pockets many hospitals are reliant on paper based systems and computers running decades-old software.

Some of this makes sense – a clipboard can’t run out of battery – but much is the result of simple inertia.

There are hundreds of companies trying to change that with mobile and tablet apps.

One of them is The Diary, founded by New Zealand’s Hamish MacDonald …

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