Bangkok, Thailand (PRWEB) May 22, 2008
One of the downsides of a hospital stay is being somewhat isolated from family and friends. Bumrungrad International, one of the world's most popular destinations for medical travelers, helps bridge that gap by offering patients rental of a unique laptop that's custom-designed for hospital use.
The laptop computers, introduced this month, are attached to a rolling over-bed table similar to the ones used to serve meals. They come complete with internet connections via the hospital's high-speed Wi-Fi system which was introduced last year, providing 300 access points which make the internet available from anywhere in the hospital. The Wi-Fi network - one of the largest in Thailand - uses state-of-the-art technology from Motorola to assure both reliability and security.
Each laptop includes a hygienic silicon keyboard and mouse that are washed and sterilized before each rental.
Not only can patients stay connected with email and instant messaging; each laptop also comes with a built-in webcam for easy access to video conferencing. With the added capability of voice calls through Windows Live Messenger and Skype, patients can now maintain close contact with those important to them.
With the inclusion of Microsoft Office, patients can even stay connected to work-related projects. The new service will potentially allow group conferencing including the patient, referring physicians and Bumrungrad's care team.
Studies have shown patients recover more effectively and outcomes are improved when they are connected with family and friends. Personal visits are not always possible, but with the laptop access patients can have connections at their fingertips during their stay at Bumrungrad (http://www.bumrungrad.com).
About Bumrungrad International
Bumrungrad International, is Southeast Asia's premier private hospital and a regional referral center for advanced care, offering 554 beds, 30 specialty centers, 940 medical specialists and over 800 nurses. It is Asia's first JCI accredited hospital and serves more than one million patients yearly from 190 different countries.