Chinese hospitals raise environmental health standards with smog clinic to improve public health
Written by Alyssa Clark
Hospitals are being demanded to provide more and more specialized treatment, whether it be replying to the demands of the everyday environment or specific market trends. Smog and pollution have become a hugely detrimental problem for people around the world in terms of environmental trends— and its time that the public healthcare system did something about it.
Whether it’s the smog-ridden skies of Los Angeles, California, or the overly-polluted lungs of Chinese citizens (and overall public health in China) this epidemic has forced public health officials to begin racking their brains to find ways to solve this unhealthy problem. This is not simply just an American or Chinese problem— as we have experienced the pollution epidemic in the United States, South America and parts of Europe as well, we have all experienced the need for ways to better-execute this problem and they should never be in short supply.
The Chinese are taking a first step towards achieving this initiative, by incorporating a smog clinic within their hospitals in order to specifically target pollution-related illnesses and symptoms. This newly implemented clinic at Chengdu No.7 People’s Hospital has already seen and treated over 100 patients since opening last week on December 9th— in less than 7 days, 100 people have already jumped at the opportunity of these resources, and that sends a serious message to public health officials.
Not only is this increasing traffic to the hospitals, reinstating faith in the public that the government is really looking out for the needs of the individual and building equity for the hospital, but this innovative development could call other hospitals to follow suit. Wang Qixun, a doctor at the clinic, said it was set up because the hospital had seen the number of smog-related patients surge in the last year.
With some of the most common symptoms of the pollution-based illnesses being as simple as coughs and sore throats, to even more progressive ones like asthma and heart disease, the need for this specialized type of treatment is at an all time high.Wang stated that these symptoms and illnesses are “triggered or worsened by smog,” Wang said.
Pan Xiaochuan, a professor at Peking University's School of Public Health, said he wasn't aware of any other smog clinics in China and suggested it may be a publicity stunt aimed at increasing the hospital's coffers."You can't really say a symptom such as a cough or sore throat is caused by PM2.5. Chances are the cold weather is the real cause," he said.
The success that this hospital has already seen from this type of innovation has not only inspired Chinese people to seek refuge in their public health resources, but it has opened the floodgates of competition for hospitals around the world to better-serve its public. What will this kind of environmental-specialized treatment do for the public? How will it benefit the hospital sector of the healthcare industry? Hopefully this stride towards providing better treatment for people in need is the first step towards improving the public health sector of healthcare, and other hospitals around the world will fall in line with this innovate idea.
LG launches purpose-built smart TV for hospitals
LG Business Solutions USA has announced two new hospital TVs that are designed to improve patient management and engagement while adhering to critical safety standards for healthcare facilities.
One of the TVs is LG's biggest ever screen for a hospital - the 65-inch 4K Ultra HD model. It has LG’s NanoCell display technology, enabling it to display vivid pictures, and provides built-in support for hospital pillow speakers and embedded broadband LAN capability, so hospitals can deliver video on demand without requiring a separate set-top box in the patient room.
It also includes configuration software with an intuitive interface for setting up the TV to work in a hospital setting, plus a software-enabled access point feature that turns the TV into a Wi-Fi hotspot.
The second TV screen is the 15-inch Personal Healthcare Smart Touch TV with a multi-touch screen. It is designed to be installed on an adjustable arm for use in shared spaces or smaller patient rooms and will support LG's new, modular LG AM-AC21EA video camera, and HD video communication.
Both include support for video conferencing, and are UL Certified for use in healthcare facilities, a global safety standard. They also feature LG’s integrated Pro:Centric hospital management solutions, allowing hospitals and LG’s patient engagement development partners to personalise a patient's room, providing entertainment, hospital information, services, patient education, and more.
Additionally its communication platform makes it possible to conduct video calls between patients and clinicians or family.
“Our newest LG hospital TVs reflect ongoing feedback from the industry and include capabilities integrated to meet the unique needs of a critical market” said Tom Mottlau, Director of Healthcare Solutions, LG Electronics USA.
“Our healthcare patient engagement development partners requested an upgradable version of webOS for our Pro:Centric smart TV platform so they could more easily introduce new features for their hospital customers. For the latest versions of webOS, LG worked closely with our partners to make their request a reality and to deliver a hospital TV platform that can evolve over time.”