In-room hospital patients to enjoy Internet services wirelessly

Jackson 21 February 2000MediNet Rentals LLC has introduced its unique technology based service for hospital patients at a press conference, which was organised at Baptist Health Systems in Jackson, Mississippi, at the end of last February. Henceforth, in-room patients will be able to access the Internet, read and send e-mail messages, view DVD movies and play games in a filtered Web environment, at T1 speeds, wirelessly.

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MediNet Rentals' "patient portal" will revolutionise the in-room experience so that hospitals can offer significantly improved patient satisfaction. "It is our vision to use the synergy resulting from the unique convergence of Information Technology, processing power and the Internet to vastly improve patient's physical, emotional and spiritual well-being", stated Bill Huff, President and founder of MediNet Rentals.

"Information Technology has now permeated every facet of the public's lives. MediNet Rentals will be the vehicle which delivers hospital patients the power of Information Technology to their bedside. Other prestigious facilities propose to offer these services in the future, like the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Center by 2004. The question is not whether to adopt a patient Interactive/Internet delivery strategy, but how soon can it be implemented, and MediNet Rentals will be the first to market", as Mr. Huff added.

Some of the nation's and regions' largest corporations in the United States were represented at the press conference as Corporate Partners. Bell South Mobility, TTI National Long Distance, and The Play Pen, a prestigious local juvenile merchandise retailer, are among those providers that already have committed resources, which will assist in bringing this technology to the hospital patient room.

MediNet Rentals is a Jackson based company, which constitutes the latest high-technology venture launched by its founder, Bill Huff. Mr. Huff has established, owned and managed regional and national medical product distribution and manufacturing firms, all based in Jackson. You can read on similar initiatives for hospital patients in the following VMW articles: Patients bridge home and hospital with Beth Israel Deaconess's Cancer CareLink and Sick children learn and play through hospital intranet.


Leslie Versweyveld

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