Public Internet

Internet Access for Patients and Staff

Using the IA controllers

Many healthcare entities provide a public Internet service for patients and visitors. Most waiting rooms have wireless Internet access for patients use, and healthcare entities are increasingly using the Internet as a means of providing patients with medical information.
When providing a public Internet service, healthcare entities must use caution with two very important aspects of the implementation.

The first is that the public Internet service must not provide a pathway into the healthcare entity computer network to prevent attempted hacking of medical records, electronic Protected Health Information. A strong firewall is required to isolate the public network from the healthcare entity network where protected information is stored.

Secondly, the public internet service must be protected from abuse. Strict bandwidth sharing rules must be maintained and the effect of computer viruses must be blocked. In addition, data protocols used for the transmission of unauthorized copyrighted material must be blocked to avoid legal action from the copyright holders.


All you need to set up your public internet access is an incoming internet connection and access points to provide wireless coverage. The choice of IA unit would depend upon the number of users you intend to support.

How can I do it?

The Medi-Priv IA units are simple to set up and install and can be incorporated into a current network. For more information on setup see our simple Setup Guide

Control Public Login for Inernet Access

Patients and visitors can connect to the Internet with one of five access modes. The first is a button that permits the user to agree to a disclaimer, and the disclaimer can be edited to meet the customers legal requirements. Secondly, the users can be made to login using an access code provided by the healthcare entity. Access codes can be downloaded from the gateway, from the cloud, or printed using the optional ticket printer. Next the user can login by providing personal information, such as a telephone number or email address. Information provided by users is not validated. The fourth option is to request the user to connect to the Internet with a Facebook login. This method permits the healthcare entity to request the user to provide access to his or her Facebook profile. Finally, a login mode is available where the login page is not shown, however all control and filtering tools are applied to the data traffic so that the use of the Internet by the public can be managed. The user login page can be customized. A login page generator prepares the default login page during the initial configuration using the setup wizard. There are two other login page alternatives. The first is to upload an image that can be a photograph or an image prepared with a graphical design tool. The second alternative is to program a login page using HTML and Javascript. We provide a custom login page design service if required.