This new public WiFi is part of Tallaght Hospital’s commitment to innovation in patient care. The hospital is the first in Ireland to receive independently accredited family-friendly certification for its WiFi. Ken McGrath, Head of Government Sales at eir Business talks about the service and eir Business’ role in the project.
Safe, free WiFi at Tallaght Hospital
Tallaght Hospital has taken a positive step by launching public WiFi which is safe for families and free for all to use. The move is part of the hospital’s ongoing commitment to technological innovation and ensuring the best experience for all patients. The new WiFi service uses the existing WiFi infrastructure already in place with the addition of a new internet gateway service provided by eir Business, following a competitive process.
“We are delighted to provide secure, high-speed WiFi access to the thousands of families and patients attending Tallaght Hospital each year. Our new WiFi solution involves the installation of components such as a 200Mb ultrafast broadband connection; a content filtering solution; a business grade router and authentication user access via splash screens,” said Bill Archer, Managing Director, eir Business.
What’s so special about the hospital’s new WiFi service is that it’s accredited by Friendly WiFi. This means any content that is not family friendly is filtered out. Tallaght Hospital, eir Business and Friendly WiFi are working together to ensure that patients at Tallaght Hospital can browse online without the risk of coming across indecent images, websites known to the Internet Watch Foundation, or pornography. Friendly WiFi accredits services that it deems sufficiently child-friendly and marks them with a clearly identifiable symbol, indicating its independent approval.
“Friendly WiFi ensures that public WiFi is reliably family friendly. Access to online communication is a necessity in the twenty-first century and we are proud to provide a service that ensures, through one easy-to-understand symbol, that parents can trust their child is safer when surfing online. Tallaght Hospital has been brilliant to work with and it is great to see accredited Friendly WiFi being rolled out for the first time in an Irish hospital. Indeed it is the first time we, as an organisation, have worked with a healthcare facility; I think it demonstrates Tallaght Hospital’s commitment to innovation and technological advancement to ensure the best conditions for its patients,” said Mike Davis, a spokesperson for Friendly WiFi.
We’ve seen over the years Tallaght Hospital’s commitment to innovation, including its employment of the LUCY robotic technology and extensive patient surveys for service development. The installation of free public WiFi further demonstrates the hospital’s commitment to employing modern solutions and methods in patient care in order to ensure that patients are given the best treatment possible.
“At Tallaght Hospital we always strive to ensure the highest standards of patient care. Part of this process involves ensuring that we make use of technological developments to innovate and improve the care experience. The installation of public WiFi that is both safe and free to use is part of this process. Our ethos is all about people caring for people and we want to make sure that patients who come to Tallaght Hospital for whatever reason, experience the highest standards of care possible and the most positive of treatments,” said David Wall, Head of ICT, Tallaght Hospital.
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