The Irish Patient’s Association recently carried out a survey to assess the level of information provided to patients and visitors by hospital websites. The result was astonishing. The survey found that out of the 49 public hospitals across the State, 31 hospitals did not even own a website!
The hospital websites were assessed according to the information provided to the public. The survey looked for details on car parking, internet facilities, TV and/or radio, canteen, public phones, vending machines and banking facilities. Of the 18 hospitals that did have their own website, at least half were found to provide poor information.
I don’t know about you but when I’m going somewhere new, I always check it out online first. It seems more than a little ironic to me that in an era where we have high tech medicine available in our hospitals, many hospitals don’t even own a website? Surely the HSE intends to correct this deficit?