Infographic: Mobile policies fail to keep pace with device use in healthcare

Doctors are increasingly using mobile devices to provide patient care, yet many healthcare organizations do not have a mobile technology policy in place, according to a recent survey by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

A full 83 percent of 170 healthcare organizations surveyed by HIMSS Analytics said their physicians use mobile technology to provide patient care. Forty-one percent said they do not yet have a mobile technology plan in place to govern use of the mobile devices.

Respondents identify improved access to patient information and the ability to view data from a remote location as key benefits to mobile technology use at their organizations. Most leverage mobile technology for pharmacy management, such as medication reminders.

To secure information on mobile devices, passwords--one of the least effective security techniques--are most widely used at healthcare organizations, according to the survey.

Check out the full-size HIMSS infographic with survey results here