Kiosks en­hanced

Tex­ting op­tion added

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Kiosks around the South Waikato are pro­vid­ing eas­ier ac­cess to health and so­cial ser­vices.

There are three Web­health kiosks in the district – at the Pu­taruru and Toko­roa li­braries and at For­est View High School.

An up­grade to the kiosks now pro­vides a text fea­ture, so that uses can send ser­vice provider de­tails straight from a Web­health kiosk to their cell phone.

The new text fea­ture was cre­ated to re­spond to cell phones in­creas­ingly be­ing used to trans­fer in­for­ma­tion not just to make calls.

Taya Cross from Link­age Web­health says ‘ ‘ we’d re­ceived feed­back from kiosk users that they wanted an easy way to take in­for­ma­tion off the kiosks. We’re re­ally happy that we can now of­fer a user-friendly way to do this through tex­ting’’.

Natasha Cully, Waikato District Health Board’s youth rep­re­sen­ta­tive said ‘‘ the new text op­tion on the kiosks is amaz­ing! It’s great that peo­ple will no longer need to carry around pieces of paper to take down con­tact de­tails.

‘‘Be­ing able to have it sent di­rectly to your phone is so con­ve­nient. From my point of view, up un­til now I barely used the kiosks as it was a has­sle hav­ing to re­mem­ber all the de­tails, now it’s right at your fin­ger­tips.’’

The 22 kiosks around the Waikato are spon­sored by Waikato Pri­mary Health and the Waikato District Health Board. They are free and anony­mous to use and pro­vide con­tact de­tails for more than 1800 health and so­cial ser­vices across the Waikato re­gion.

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HEALTHY IDEA: Bet­tina Kin­chant and Lily Hunt from the Toko­roa li­brary check out a Web­health kiosk.

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