Matthew Holt over at the Health Care Blog has an interesting piece on the innovation being exercised by a number of companies in making wireless services – including WiFi – more readily available in hospital environments.
According to Holt "Now that cell phones and Wi-fi have proven to be safe and essential for health care facilities , there’s a race on to get signals into those buildings."
Presumably, this view comes from the FCC. I’m not sure what the regulation is in Ireland, particurly with regard to mobile (cell) phones in areas such as emergency areas and ICU. In the UK, the agency with responsibility for this area suggest that hospitals
should introduce reasonable measures to balance the risks of
mobile phones interfering with critical devices and the desire for
better communication in hospitals.
Presumably, these reasonable measures equate in part to a a lot of these signs in place…