Despite risks, healthcare is aggressively adopting BYOD

A full 81 percent of healthcare organizations are allowing BYOD, Ponemon finds
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Despite concerns over security and patient information privacy, the healthcare industry is one of the most aggressive when it comes to adopting BYOD.

Among the most compelling evidence is a study by the Ponemon Institute, which found that 81 percent of healthcare providers have formally adopted a BYOD program, according to an article by Solutions Review.

"These devices are being used for a variety of uses from collecting patient data at the bedside, to monitoring medical device data, to using barcode readers on mobile devices," Solutions Review noted.

The good news is that BYOD in healthcare is reportedly resulting in increased mobility and flexibility of staff, better access to information, improved communications and in some cases, cost savings.

The bad news is that increased mobile device use could run afoul of the patient privacy and information security rules in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

Guillermo Moreno, vice president and managing director at Experis Healthcare Practice, issued a warning to healthcare facilities that adopt BYOD programs.

"The challenge is that mobile technology and all of its related benefits have become the norm in real-time communication in our society. When applied to the healthcare space, however, a person's privacy and security must be considered equally as important as convenience and cost," Moreno was quoted in a Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society article as saying.

For more:
- read the Solutions Review report
- check out the HIMSS article

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