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For Immediate Release
These days everything seems wireless – airports, hotels,
coffeehouses and now hospitals. LifeBridge Health, a
Maryland health care organization, recently launched a wireless network allowing
guests at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and Northwest Hospital Center to log-on to the
Internet, free of charge, while visiting family and friends.
"LifeBridge Health operates three wireless networks,
which host a variety of new communication and patient care technologies,” said
Karen Barker, chief information officer at LifeBridge Health. "One of our
networks is dedicated for guest users, providing a convenience for our visitors
and at the same time ensures that no patient or confidential information is
LifeBridge Health began the process to make the system
wireless nearly two years ago with a lengthy site survey of Sinai Hospital and
Northwest Hospital Center. Afterward, more than 200 access points were installed
throughout Sinai and 120 points at Northwest Hospital.
With the recent introduction of wireless access, guests
at Sinai Hospital are now able to bring laptops to the hospital and conveniently
access CarePages, a free Internet service that enables patients, families and
friends to create their own secure Web page, to post patient updates and
messages of support.
"CarePages allows patients to connect with family and
friends, particularly ones in distant locations,” said Lara Klick, director of
Guest Relations and Volunteer Services. "Now with wireless service in the
hospital, patients can receive words of comfort and support via email right at the bedside.”
Sinai Hospital and Northwest Hospital Center are the
only facilities in LifeBridge Health presently operating wireless networks.
Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital hopes to be online by the
beginning of 2007 and will begin offering CarePages for residents and patients
by the end of the year.
For more information about CarePages at Sinai Hospital,
log-on to www.lifebridgehealth.org/sinaihospital.
LifeBridge Health is a regional health organization that
includes Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, Northwest Hospital Center, Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital, Jewish Convalescent & Nursing Home, and related
subsidiaries and affiliates.
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