Patients at Richardson (Texas) Regional Medical Center now have more than the TV to distract them. The 141-bed Richardson hospital has installed free wi-fi access so that patients and their families can connect to the Internet. The system also is available to physicians and hospital staff.
Last spring hospital officials were looking to develop a nurse charting system that required individuals to have mobile access, said Chief Information Officer Ronald Franquiz. But while doing that, they realized it would be better to take a wider look. As a result, they halted that program and developed a campus-wide approach. Today, the entire hospital is on a Wi-Fi system. The system includes waiting rooms, patient rooms and associated medical office buildings. Access is also available to clinical personnel and for business functions.
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