Wifi in hospitals.

Posted: December 15, 2008 in children, free, hospital, ward, wifi


Throughout the last few years I have sat in quite a few meetings discussing public wifi access in hospitals. I have also read quite a few reports on this subject. Still there are very few hospitals offering public wifi access to their patients and if they do it is limited to recreation rooms or the likes.
I do not see why. Patients are generally “forcibly” tied the to hospital location. Having Internet access will go a long way to making their stay more enjoyable and productive.
I find it especially lacking that children’s’ wards do not have this type of access.
I am at the point now where I will install wifi in the first (Irish) children’s hospital ward to contact me. For Free!
Yes, they will have to provide their own Internet connectivity but I will supply, install and configure the wifi part at no costs.
So if you work in a children’s hospital ward or know someone who does please point them at this post and tell them to contact me.

Update: While I have so far not been contacted by any hospitals I have had some interesting chats about my “initiative” with a few people. While my idea in itself is good and helpfull it would be great if there would be some way of getting a complete “package” together consisting of wifi connectivity, laptops, video conferencing hardware etc. So here’s a callout to anyone who can has any contact that work with any of the laptop manufacturers or distributors as well as suppliers of video conferencing facilities etc. Please send them a link to this post or tell them to contact me.
And if you don’t have any contacts in those areas you can still help by generating publicity; forward a link to here to your friends, write about it on your blog or Twitter about it!

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Comments
  1. John says:

    Part of the problem will be that quite a few hospitals sell bedside internet access to patients (and more plan to). Many/most will not want to forego a potential revenue source.

    • evertb says:

      John,

      Not in Ireland. Very few hospitals here provided Internet access (paid or free) and quite often only have 1 public phone per ward. Free wifi access combined with (for instance) paid VOIP would be a great idea in my opinion.

      Evert.

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