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‘Large’ investment is needed for wi-fi in every hospital in Ireland

The IMO passed a motion at its AGM in April calling on the HSE to ensure that wi-fi access is available in all its hospitals for patients and staff.

However, Mr Corbridge said that building a “digital identity” for staff is the first priority.

“The first focus for the HSE is to enable a digital identity for all staff throughout the HSE,” he told MI.

At present, thousands of HSE staff have no digital identity but by the end of 2016, the Executive plans that all these individuals will have been provided with access to email to enable them to have a “healthcare digital identity”.

“The investment need is large to achieve wi-fi in every hospital,” said Mr Corbridge. 

“The Office of the CIO is working with each hospital to understand its need and to deliver solutions that achieve access to the Internet for staff and patients alike when they are in hospitals.

“Where this has been achieved in hospitals like Tallaght, then a significant benefit has been felt by patients and clinicians alike.”

Last month, Tallaght Hospital launched public wi-fi, “both safe and free to use” for all.

Mr Corbridge also highlighted the strides made by hospitals with cloud technology.

In June, the HSE announced it would be the first EU member state to adopt a Health Cloud First policy.

“This will be a huge foundation block for every healthcare building being able to access appropriately the information systems they need, wherever they are,” Mr Corbridge commented.

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