Miyake Rehabilitation Hospital completed a full renovation in 2004 and converted 60% of its rooms to private rooms. In consideration of hospitality for its in-patients, the hospital provided bedside TVs. However, this facility was originally designed to provide the patient with more information, and so the idea of installing computers instead of TVs came about.
"If the computers have a tuner, they can also watch TV, and information can be directly sent from the hospital to the patient. For example, patients can now view on screen the hospitalization guidelines, a directory of the facility that is printed out on paper." (Shin-ichiro Miyake, Chief Director of Miyake Medical Institute Group)
Since 2004, usage of the Internet has grown, and we now live in an age where not only do people use it for work, students and even the elderly use it. Currently, all rooms in the Miyake Rehabilitation Hospital share wireless LAN, but the medical information system and general information system networks are completely separated.
“In general, regarding medical information, there is the restriction that ‘the security of medical information must be ensured’. This restriction is very inconvenient and makes it difficult to send and receive MRI, CT, and other imaging data used in remote diagnosis and telemedicine.” Mr.Miyake said.