Mobile Future

Rx, Unwired

Not long ago, the wireless rule at many hospitals could be summed up in one word: No. No cell phones. No pagers. No PDAs.

How times have changed. As Telephony Online reports this week, many hospitals are now "wide-open wireless environments, with multiple types of wireless networks co-existing to provide anywhere communications and real-time delivery of medical testing data and telemetry."

Take Methodist Healthcare in San Antonio, where a wireless intranet is going up at six hospitals. As the hospital’s CIO told Telephony, "Our doctors and nurses need tools that are wireless…. If a nurse needs to reach a doctor with a question when she is administering some medication and that doctor is walking the halls of the hospital, wireless is the only way to reach him."