October 7, 2022
The grant period for this program has ended. The library is currently evaluating our path going forward. Details on the availability will be posted in the future.
NJHealthConnect@Your Library addresses health inequities in the community by providing an iPad that is preloaded with apps and links to telemedicine sites for doctor appointments, multilingual health information, low literacy health resources, places for mental health support for adults and teens, the latest COVID updates, and crisis hotlines in New Jersey.
While not free, telemedicine is a more affordable, portable, and convenient lifeline for people with or without medical insurance to connect with a doctor. Telehealth is a skyrocketing trend that grew out of the pandemic and is here to stay with its proven patient satisfaction. It allows people, especially those most vulnerable, to obtain an early-stage diagnosis, prevent illness, seek early treatment intervention, and obtain and renew medications so that health equity is within the grasp of everyone.
Who is eligible to use the iPad?
Current library cardholders aged 18 or older in good standing are eligible to check out an iPad.
How long can I keep the iPad?
The NJHealthConnect iPad can be checked out for 7 days. The iPad may be renewed one (1) time. As with other items in our collection, holds may be blocked by changes to a patron’s borrowing status or if there are other patrons on the hold list.
If the iPads are not renewed or are not returned on their due date the overdue charge is $2/day. If not returned within 14 days of the due date the device will be presumed lost and patrons will be charged the replacement cost of the iPad and any accessories.
iPads must be returned at the library’s Reference Desk at least 15 minutes before closing. iPads cannot be returned in the library book or media drops.
What if I’m unable to use the iPad at home?
If for any reason the iPad cannot be used at home cardholders ages 13 or older may request to use the item in the library for up to 2 hours.
What apps are available on the iPad?
The current app list can be seen below. Please be aware that security software does not allow for the installation of other apps.
Are the iPads HIPAA compliant?
- They are CIPA-compliant.
- Telehealth apps are HIPAA-compliant.
- Patrons should connect to Wi-Fi configured for mobile devices (WPA2) for maximum security.
How do these iPads prevent improper downloading of patron information?
- Sign in is disabled.
- Password saving is disabled.
- Personal data can be deleted between users (at this time, by manually rebooting or via an overnight wipe)
- Patrons should connect to mobile-configured Wi-Fi (WPA2) for maximum security.