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Wifi in hospital waiting room, is this a trend?
Posted by: pRON aHOLIC
Date: April 25, 2007 12:29PM
First off, the family is ok and it is not an emergency.

I brought my laptop in to the waiting room instead of leaving it in the car. I asked if I could use my laptop and they indicated it was fine. I was surprised to open the laptop and see a "For public use" network. Is this a trend? Signs everywhere to shut off cell phones but wifi doesn't cause equipment interference?



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Re: Wifi in hospital waiting room, is this a trend?
Posted by: MGS_forgot_password
Date: April 25, 2007 12:41PM
I'm surprised it's free. Don't be surprised in a couple of weeks when you see that your insurance company gets billed $2000 for it. smiling smiley
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Re: Wifi in hospital waiting room, is this a trend?
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: April 25, 2007 12:43PM
Not at the hospital where my brother spent three days fighting for his life last September (everything turned out OK). It was a relatively new hospital, too. I give them credit for at least having Ethernet jacks in the waiting room -- I was able to access the Internet and research my brother's condition in that manner.



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Re: Wifi in hospital waiting room, is this a trend?
Posted by: pRON aHOLIC
Date: April 25, 2007 12:46PM
It's a full signal and I have moved to various parts of the building so I think it is intended for broad usage.

N-OS X-tasy!, glad things turned out ok.



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Re: Wifi in hospital waiting room, is this a trend?
Posted by: LaserKun
Date: April 25, 2007 12:52PM
Wireless at one of our local hospitals, but I wouldn't call it free - wife's bill for one night, half day - $45,000.00, plus doctor bills. This was for a heart condition...stent implanted.
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Re: Wifi in hospital waiting room, is this a trend?
Posted by: graham1352
Date: April 25, 2007 12:57PM
We had free wi-fi at Swedish Hospital in Seattle. It was nice to be able to email pictures
of our new baby from our recovery room.
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Re: Wifi in hospital waiting room, is this a trend?
Posted by: dbow
Date: April 25, 2007 01:05PM
One of the hospitals here has free wi-fi in the whole place. Very nice.
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Re: Wifi in hospital waiting room, is this a trend?
Posted by: volcs0
Date: April 25, 2007 01:34PM
The two hospitals at which I work (Dana-Farber and Children's Boston) both have free public WiFi throughout. This was rolled out during the last year or so.
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Re: Wifi in hospital waiting room, is this a trend?
Posted by: jdc
Date: April 25, 2007 02:33PM
buddy works at dartmouth -- wifi in the entire building -- he listens to others music via itunes sharing =)





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Re: Wifi in hospital waiting room, is this a trend?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: April 25, 2007 02:34PM
Maybe the IT department slinging around a couple hundred 30 GB MRI files (not sure how big they are) on a daily basis figured that offering a 50Kbps link to patients would not be noticeable.



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Re: Wifi in hospital waiting room, is this a trend?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: April 25, 2007 02:44PM
It isn't an RFI issue with cellphones in hospitals, it is a loudmouth insensitive jerk issue. Honest.
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Re: Wifi in hospital waiting room, is this a trend?
Posted by: lost in space
Date: April 25, 2007 03:30PM
Free at the hospital where i was a patient for a week, but perhaps not public. Had to ask, and got a network name and pw. Don't know if they hand it out to anyone, though.
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Re: Wifi in hospital waiting room, is this a trend?
Posted by: KrisKT
Date: April 25, 2007 06:48PM
The Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN has public wifi throughout the campus including patient hospital rooms.

Here is a recent article how cell phones don't significantly affect medical equipment during normal use.

[www.mayoclinic.org]
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Re: Wifi in hospital waiting room, is this a trend?
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: April 26, 2007 04:39PM
OTOH, the company I work for is in the process of designing and installing a WLAN at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, one of the largest hospitals in Southern California.

Sign o' the times, methinks.



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