Canberra Hospital trials free public Wi-Fi

The Canberra Hospital has begun a trial of free public Wi-Fi for patients and families, beginning in paediatric and acute rehabilitation wards with a view to a wider roll-out.

ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, said paediatrics was specifically chosen to be a part of the initial stages of the trial to make the stay of children and their families in hospital a little easier.

The trial will expand to oncology, central outpatients, the emergency department and renal services later in the year.

"I am hopeful that this trial will prove successful and provide patients and their visitors with another source of connection to their daily lives while in the care of our health care system,” Ms Gallagher said.

"Hospital stays can often be unexpected and require periods of waiting around for test results or procedures and this Wi-Fi access will give people an opportunity to keep in touch with emails and social media as well as general internet browsing to help pass the time and keep in touch with their lives."

During the trial period, ACT Health and Shared Services ICT will evaluate demand for the service, and will monitor Wi-Fi performance.

"Internet access will be filtered for appropriateness, and access will be capped to avoid excessive cost to government,” Ms Gallagher said. “Service levels are designed primarily for browsing the internet and accessing emails.

An evaluation of the trial is scheduled to take place later this year.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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