Soon the nursing service at Essen University Hospital will become wireless as part of its ambitious wireless health IT project. The wireless system will enable nurses and doctors at the hospital to use tablet PCs running electronic nursing documentation software and order communications software at the point of care. The hardware side includes wireless LAN communication for initially five wards. Nurses can access the Medico-module for nursing documentation, ‘Nursing Process Management’, using tablet PCs. The hospital is also planning to introduce an electronic medical chart in order to replace paper-based solutions in this area. Fujitsu-Siemens has developed the tablet PCs, specifically designed for hospital environments. Essen University Hospital hopes that both nurses and patients will benefit from the fully electronic nursing documentation.