Western Visayas State University Medical Center now has 24/7 internet connectivity through the ‘Free WiFi For All’ program of the Department of Information and Communications Technology. The program was launched last Wednesday, making Western Visayas State University Medical Center the first hospital to have free public WiFi.
“If you are having caseloads of at least 200 to 400 patients passing through your emergency rooms, same number passing through your outpatient department, there are a lot of citizens that will be able to benefit from the services. For example, you are all alone here you get confined here in this hospital, you may need to communicate with your family who is abroad so you may use the free public WiFi for you to be able to do a video chat with your family,” states Feline Castro, assistant secretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology.
The free public WiFi is said to have a bandwidth of 5 Mbps. According to Castro, the coverage expands to the emergency room, outpatient department, and hospital wards.
Dr. Jose Senoi Gulmatico, officer in charge of Western Visayas State University Medical Center states that the free WiFi program can benefit both patient and medical staff. The hospital is known to be a medical facility that provides residency training to physicians, and the free public internet can greatly benefit them in their research.
The Department of Information and Communications Technology targets to install 100,000 operational free internet access sites by 2022, in an article by the Philippine News Agency. Read more: free WiFi in Iloilo hospital to benefit patients, staff