The Richardson Regional Medical Center now provides free Wi-Fi Internet access to patients and visitors throughout the hospital. What started as a WLAN to support paperless charting became a broader deployment.

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.

The clinical and business operations are completely separate from
patient access so that no one can tap into the hospital's confidential
records, [CIO Ronald] Franquiz said. "We definitely have total control to make sure
that our business network and hospital network are not affected at

The system also facilitates attending physicians who want to access their own EMR in their practice from within the hospital. Pretty cool.