Last month I was given the chance to participate in a CDW Healthcare/HIMSS webinar, along with Ashley Rodrigue, Lenovo Ambassador, on mobility planning as it relates to workflow and management. Clinicians use an average of 6.4 mobile devices per day. 66% of doctors use iPads or other tablets for medical purposes. Mobile device use is entrenched in healthcare protocol. Physicians and clinicians use these devices multiple times a day to record patient data, look up EMR information and share information with patients. So the question today isn’t whether to have a plan in place — rather, it’s how you can make sure your healthcare mobility plan is optimized to provide the best care.
Optimizing your healthcare mobility plan begins with these five considerations:
- Recognize that different workflows exist within your enterprise — and select devices accordingly.
- Aim to offer a flexible mobile technology ecosystem.
- Don’t overlook security — data is vulnerable whether mobile or not.
- Expand your mobile reach beyond PoC to front office, pharmacy, ER and more.
- Give yourself room to grow — an effective mobile I.T. platform is a balancing act.
Only 46% of hospitals have a security strategy to regulate the use of mobile devices.
Security should not be overlooked. As more sensitive patient information is viewed and shared via mobile devices, hospitals must step up their protection game. 100% of hospitals should have a mobile security strategy in place, and it should include facets like whole disk encryption, network base access controls and MDM.
So, what does all this mean? Mobility can help healthcare organizations take patient care to the next level, but only if it supports, rather than impedes, specialized workflows — and keeps data locked down in the process!