Something I find somewhat surprising is the fact that tablets and smart phones are playing such a prominent role in patient care. Test can be ordered and results viewed quickly instead of waiting for the paper to show up. Current medical stats can be viewed and notes taken easily and redirected to others who are a part of the team. And using the computing logic, mistakes can be avoided if a medical direction "does not compute." And....mistakes are avoided when they don't have to decipher the doctor's handwriting for a new prescription.
Researchers recently announced that they have built a microfluidic chip rivaling the gold-standard diagnostic test called RT-PCR, only it is much faster, cheaper, and is disposable. The chip is used to diagnose the H1N1 virus. See www.baptist-health.com/technology/ for more on the same.