SAN JOSE (KCBS) – Touch screen tablet computers have given brain injury patients who have trouble speaking new ways to communicate at a fraction of the cost of speech synthesis equipment common just a few years ago.
The many medical uses of iPads and other tablet computers were showcased before some of the top brain experts in the nation, who gathered Friday for the Third Annual Santa Clara Valley Brain Injury Conference.READ MORE: Family Clings To Hope That Missing San Francisco Toddler Arianna Fitts Is Still Alive
“The use if iPads has become a big part of our program,” said Debbie Burdsall, technology champion for the Valley Medical Center Foundation.
“We can use it as a communication device with certain apps,” she said, so that a patient who is non-verbal when discharged has an easy-to-use tool to take home with them.
KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports: