Large urban hospitals might learn a thing or two from tiny Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue, Wash.
The 256-bed, not-for-profit private hospital has a wireless network that gives doctors and support staff access to equipment, patient records, and most importantly, to each other. Being wireless allows the staff to see prescriptions, charts and lab results right by the patients bedside. Support staff carry Internet phones that work on voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) wireless networks.
Administrators say being wireless improves and speeds up patient care, cuts down errors, improves records management, prevents lost test results and speeds up decision-making in emergencies.