The importance of remaining constantly connected increases with each day and every new client. Our quotidian cafés and congested airports allow for this continuous connection to our work and home lives, and this modern day necessity doesn’t pause when we or our loved ones fall ill or injured.
Hospitals have begun to offer internet access. Designed to help patients order and receive those items needed for recovery, patients and visitors alike will now be allowed internet access.
Northwestern Memorial in Chicago set up 42″ flat-screen televisions with internet connections last year near each of the 200 beds in its new women’s hospital building.
Many hospitals are also improving electronic records and pharmaceutical distribution systems.
At this time, however, only a small percentage of our community hospitals have bedside Internet systems. This lack most likely has to do with cost. Northwestern Memorial spent nearly $3,000 per room on those capabilities. (Of course, the flat-screens were most likely a large portion of this cost).
TeleHealth has installed its systems in about a dozen hospitals. Meanwhile, GetWellNetwork supplies similar services to about 50 hospitals, charging $3 per patient per day for both the computers and software required for individual internet service.
For your interest, here is the full article in the New York Times.