Costs down, quality up: A hospital goes wireless


"The quality of care has improved dramatically," he said. "It's huge. The patients love the higher level of care."

And this is just the beginning, according to Christiano. With the wireless infrastructure in place, the hospital is looking at additional applications.

"We're running a pilot with RFID tracking medical equipment, which is spread out all over the place," Christiano said. "And we're going wireless with our Web-based portal that physicians can use to get clinical applications -- we'll give the doctors tablets when they come into the hospital.

"We made a strategic decision that, except for medical imaging where the volume is so high, everything we do will be over the wireless network."

David Haskin is a contributing editor specializing in mobile and wireless issues.