£3.5m funding for Wi-Fi at Welsh health board
Article posted on: December 23, 2016
Welsh health board receives capital funding for network infrastructure improvements as part of nationwide digital health agenda
[Port Talbot, Wales] The Welsh Government has announced today that £3.5m funding will be given to the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (ABMU) for Wi-Fi improvements.
The capital boost will offer clinicians timely access to patient information through the Welsh Clinical portal while enhancing the quality of communication channels between patients and their families.
“We want modern and effective technology to be used in all care settings in Wales, helping our doctors and nurses provide the best levels of care.
“The benefits of the funding I’m announcing today will be clear to see. Not only will it improve patient care, allowing clinicians to access information about them wirelessly at their bedside, they’ll also be able to stay in touch with friends and loved ones while they are undergoing or recovering from treatment,” said Vaughan Gething, Health Secretary for Wales.
Improve patient and staff experience
The initiative is part of the government’s agenda to improve the state of healthcare services through digital technologies, published at the end of last year.
“This is great news for our patients, visitors and staff. AMBU was the first Health Board in Wales to offer free public Wi-Fi in some of our hospitals and when complete, this investment will allow us to offer it in every hospital in ABMU, including our community hospitals.
“Not only will this improve the experience for our patients and staff but it is fundamental to our plan to give clinicians information at their fingertips at the bedside and in the clinics,” added Hamish Laing, ABMU CIO.
“A modern NHS deserves a modern internet infrastructure. We expect nothing less in the 21st Century. With the money we are providing to the health board today, ABMU will be able to deliver just that,” concluded Gething.