Private hospital launches cloud-based data services


TAIPEI — Show Chwan Health Care System, a private Taipei-based hospital, and telecom giant Chunghwa Telecom launched a project yesterday that will enable patients to access their medical records, receive treatment advice, and track medical breakthroughs via mobile devices.

Chunghwa Telecom said the combination of cloud technology and the hospital’s information system — including patients’ medical records and nursing and health care information — will help the hospital reduce costs and enhance its efficiency.

Nurses who make patient rounds every hour at the hospital, for example, will no longer have to carry around stacks of patient records with them but will be able to rely on a tablet PC, Show Chwan hospital staff members said.

In addition, patients can access their own medical records at home via an online database, which will empower them to monitor their own health situation, hospital staffers said.

Smart phone applications developed by the hospital will also keep patients up to date on the latest medical advancements.