27 Jan 2014

Healthcare BIG THREE for 2014: BYOD

This concept is becoming increasingly popular with 81% of healthcare providers up and down the country adopting various applications and systems in order to capacitate BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) programs.

The projects intend to incorporate procedures such as collecting patient data at the bedside, monitoring medical device data, using bar-code readers on mobile devices and many more. This should increase the mobility and flexibility of staff, abolishing the hours spent in an office completing administrative tasks as well as giving more access to relevant information when it is needed.

However, as these concepts become a reality, IT departments throughout the NHS will be faced with a number of challenges.

One area of concern for BYOD is the protection of patient information. Seeing as it is virtually impossible to protect data on devices given the portability of information, the best way is for data to carry protection with it. Your network needs to be able to support the multitude of devices that your staff will be using at work. For healthcare providers, it is even more important that this on-boarding is secure and support for these devices is maintained.

It is vital for all users to be able to access the information that they need. This needs to be available as accurate, real-time information. This use of portable devices will be defunct without being able to access the latest information on patient records, their results and procedures.

In order for healthcare organisations to successfully implement the BYOD program, it is imperative for them to have a strong, secure infrastructure allowing the right people to access the right information as quickly as possible. Therefore integration will play a huge role over the next year for IT departments. Getting this right will be the foundation for successful BYOD projects.

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