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Medi Clinic introduces ‘Smart hospitals’

Sometimes it’s the little things that hospitals do for their patients that make all the difference to the quality of their stay.

With the free Wi-Fi at Mediclinic hospitals, patients are now kept occupied because they bring their own devices and can stay in touch with the outside world.

Deon Myburgh who is head of Social Development at Medi clinic said

“A patient from the UK landed up in a Mediclinic hospital far away from the support of her family and her mood was low.’

The Mediclinic staff provided her with a tablet and connected her to the Wi-Fi network so that she could Skype-call her son in England. It was very emotional for her, and it gave her the motivation to get better.”

Contrary to popular belief frequency that the Wi-Fi access points utilise has no impact on medical equipment, as it operates on a completely different frequency to cellphones and other equipment.

The medical devices also store the information in a local buffer, in the event of losing connectivity. The Wi-Fi architecture for medical devices is very specific and designed in conjunction with the medical device provider and medical communication is completely isolated on the network as a protective measure.

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