Maybe this example from Stanford University Hospital backs up the case that trolley based solutions are the only way to go for mobile computing in a ward environment.
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…
Jane Creer from the Medical Informatics Insider comments on the use of wifi as an inflight service, and how it might improve telemedicine-like scenarios at 30k feet. I think it’s great that airlines are beginning to look at this as something that is basic kit for mobile office foot-soldiers. Thing is, I think a lot of airlines still have a problem providing power outlets!
Whatever about access at altitude, access at sea-level is another thing. While travelling for customer meetings (sometimes a 300 kilometre round trip for me), I will usually stop at those places offering free (with a cup of coffee) wifi; For a time, I used a Vodafone GPRS card – but coverage was spotty and very, very slow; so slow in fact, that often I would tell others in the office not to post large attachments on travelling days – how’s that for forward planning….
Birmingham Heartlands Hospital is claiming the world’s first wifi patient tagging system, as reported in e-health insider. Has the wifi battle started in the space traditionally occupied by RFID technologies?