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Phuket’s new high-tech Dibuk Hospital rounds up medical care

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PHUKET: Construction has started on the much-hyped circular Apple headquarters in Silicon Valley, California, but Phuket is about to beat the IT giant with the opening of the new high-tech Dibuk Hospital later this month. And yes, it’s round too.

Walking around the new hospital building leaves one quite impressed. And walking around gains a whole new meaning in a building that’s actually round. This futuristic, circular design isn’t there just for the jaw-dropping visual effect – it’s all about practicality and efficiency.

“We used a circular design to provide more happiness and great service for the patients,” said Piriya Atisook, hospital director.

“Patient care areas are on the outer ring while the staff areas are in the center core. This reduces the distance that the doctors and nurses have to walk to reach our patients. Every area in the building is close to the nurses’ station,” he explained.

By reducing the distance between the staff and patients, the designers aimed to increase productivity and make the interiors more welcoming for the patients, their relatives and hospital staff.

The seven-storey building contains an outpatient ward with nine examination rooms, while three entire floors are dedicated to inpatients, with 16 beds on each floor.

“We calculated that 16 is the efficiency threshold that allows staff to pay the most care to the patient,” explained Mr Piriya.

When the first-stage of the Dibuk Hospital opens, there will be 32 beds available for inpatients, while the full capacity of 224 beds is expected to be reached next year, when two further circular buildings are completed. The hospital will also have six emergency beds and will share an ambulance service with Bangkok Hospital Phuket. Its location, south of Phuket Town, will reduce transport times for emergency patients from the south of the island, and hopefully contribute to saving lives in the crucial early minutes of critical care.

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In addition to increasing the efficiency of staff and convenience to patients, the designers worked on the project with the environment in mind.

“The building is covered with aluminum composite outside which is easy to maintain and helps save energy. The walls of the building work like a refrigerator, reflecting the heat from the outside,” explained Mr Piriya. This innovation is expected to lower the use of energy for air conditioning to just 20 per cent of what the Bangkok Hospital Phuket uses.

The green aspect of the new hospital doesn’t end there; it also includes a water-recycling plant as well as a system that collects rainwater for reuse.

Another resource that is about to be saved thanks to the innovations in the new hospital is paper, and at the same time – time. The hospital uses an Electronic Medical Records system (EMR), making Dibuk
Hospital the second in Southern Thailand to use this solution.

QR (Quick Response) codes will be used to add information to patients’ records, which is more convenient for the patients, easier for the staff to use, and in general safer and more efficient. This innovative system makes it much simpler to generate reports and trace a patient’s medical history.

Diagnostic medical equipment is also integrated into the electronic-records system, automatically feeding precise data about a patient into his or her record for easy access.

“The doctors don’t need to waste time looking for medical records,” adds Mr Piriya.

The 60 staff members, including eight doctors and 30 nurses, work closely with the staff of Bangkok Hospital Phuket – sharing resources and experience. Data, such as x-rays and test results, can be quickly shared between the two locations to benefit the patients. While Bangkok Hospital Phuket takes care of the most complicated cases, the Dibuk Hospital will focus on more common diseases and simpler procedures, together offering Phuket patients the most complete treatment possible.

“Our philosophy is so called ’empathy care’ meaning more attention and personal, individual treatment,” explains Mr Piriya.

“The Dibuk Hospital inpatient wards are expected to open later this month, once the Ministry of Public Health grants its approval. The outpatient clinic is already up and running.”

Dibuk Hospital is located at 89/8-9 Chao Fa West Road, Wichit, Muang District, Phuket 83000. (Approximately 700 meters south of Rolly Tasker and the Shell service station)

For more information, visit the website here, or email info@dibukhospital.com.

— Maciek Klimowicz

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Facebook removes “information-influencing” pages linked to Thai military

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Facebook has confirmed the removal of 185 accounts run by the Thai military and allegedly involved in information-influencing. The social media giant says the accounts were deleted for engaging in what it calls, “coordinated inauthentic behaviour”. In total, 77 accounts, 72 pages, and 18 groups have been removed from the platform, in addition to 18 Instagram accounts. It’s the first time Facebook has taken such action against accounts linked to the Thai government.

The accounts were associated with the Thai military and were targeting people in the southern provinces, Facebook said its regular report on coordinated inauthentic behavior. The south of the country has been the scene of decades-long conflict, with insurgent groups in the majority-Muslim, Malay-speaking region calling for independence. To date, around 7,000 people have died in the ongoing struggle.

Facebook says the deleted accounts were most active last year and used both fake and real accounts to manage pages and groups, both openly military pages and pages that hid their links to the military. Some of the fake profiles pretended to be people from the southern provinces.

The report mentioned a post by the now-removed account named “comprehending the operation” in Thai. The page posted the logo for Amnesty International Thailand and wrote “The NGO never cares about ordinary citizens because they have no role in society. Normal people are not famous. Any case is not big news. They are not worth the investment of foreigners so they will not do anything to help. This is why we don’t see anything from the NGO.”

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Image overlay translates to “The NGO never cares about ordinary citizens because they have no role nor money.”

On another now-removed account, named “truth about my home Pattani” in Thai, a post said “Muslim leader declares southern border is a peace zone. The southern separatists started a movement by spreading the idea that Thailand is under control by different believers so that people would come and fight for their religion. This was declared that the action clearly violates Islam faith.”

Facebook removes “information-influencing” pages linked to Thai military | News by The Thaiger

Image overlay translates to “Southern border is not Jihad zone.”

When contacted by Reuters, the military had no comment on the removal of the Facebook accounts, with a spokesman saying the organisation does not comment outside of official press conferences.

The head of Cybersecurity Policy at Facebook, Nathaniel Gleicher, has confirmed the reasons behind the platform’s decision.

“This is the first time that we’ve attributed one of our takedowns to links to the Thai military. We found clear links between this operation and the Internal Security Operations Command. We can see that all of these accounts and groups are tied together as part of this operation.”

He adds that the accounts had spent around US$350 on advertising on both Facebook and Instagram. One or more of the pages had about 700,000 followers and at least one of the groups had 100,000 members. Gleicher says the accounts were removed because of their misleading behaviour and not because of the content being posted. The content included support for the military and the monarchy, with allegations of violence and criticism of insurgent groups in the south.

It’s not the first time accounts linked to the Thai military have been removed by a social media platform. In October, Twitter removed 926 accounts it says had links to the army and posted pro-military and pro-government content. The Thai army has denied any involvement with the accounts in question. In November, Twitter also suspended an account posting pro-monarchy content that was found to have links to the palace and to thousands of other accounts posting similar content.

To read the February 2021 Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior Report, click HERE.

SOURCES: Reuters| Facebook

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Airline executive arrested for failure to pay wages of 150 workers

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An airline executive has been arrested in the central province of Samut Songkhram, after complaints from150 employees that they had not been paid. Chawengsak Noiprasan, who had a court warrant issued against him in October, was taken to Don Muang police station from a property in the Bang Khan Take sub-district. He is a board member of Siam Air Transport.

The airline began operations in October 2014 with services out of Don Mueang to Hong Kong, using 2 Boeing 737-300s. 2 Boeing 737-800s were added to its fleet in late 2015. It expanded by adding Zhengzhou and Guangzhou in China to its network in early 2015. In late 2015, the airline launched flights to Macau and Singapore. In 2017, the airline ceased all operations.

But according to an article in the Bangkok Post, the carrier operates a number of scheduled and charter flights from Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport. The Post reports that, as Chawengsak signs the company’s legal paperwork, all legal matters concerning the airline fall to him.

The Metropolitan Police Bureau says the executive has admitted to ignoring a 30 day notice issued by the labour inspector and ordering the payment of wages to 150 workers. It’s understood he is also wanted in relation to 7 other cases.

The authorities sought Chawengsak’s arrest following complaints from employees who say they haven’t received their wages for 2 months. It’s understood the airline had previously deferred salary payments for over 8 months. 150 workers filed an official complaint with Don Mueang police and also approached media outlets, asking them to pressure the airline into paying the money owed.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Governments & old media versus social media – who will win? | VIDEO

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We look at the recent changes made by the Australian and Indian governments to except control over the world’s biggest social media platforms. India has issued strict new rules for Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms just weeks after the Indian government attempted to pressure Twitter to take down social media accounts it deemed, well, anti social. There is now an open battle between the rise of social media platforms and the governments and ‘old’ media that have been able to maintain a certain level of control over the ‘message’ for the last century. Who will win?

The rules require any social media company to create three roles within India… a “compliance officer” who ensures they follow local laws; a “grievance officer” who addresses complaints from Indian social media users; and a “contact person” who can actually be contacted by lawyers and other aggrieved Indian parties… 24/7.

The democratisation of the news model, with social media as its catalyst, will continue to baffle traditional media and governments who used to enjoy a level of control over what stories get told. The battles of Google and Facebook, with the governments of India and Australia will be followed in plenty of other countries as well.

At the root of all discussions will be the difference between what governments THINK social media is all about and the reality about how quickly the media landscape has changed. You’ll get to read about it first, on a social media platform… probably on the screen you’re watching this news story right now.

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