BYOD happens: bringing personal devices into healthcare environments is inevitable

BYOD happens: bringing personal devices into healthcare environments is inevitable

Summary: An Intel security expert explains why BYOD is inevitable in healthcare, and why consumerization might be a good thing to embrace in your organization.

TOPICS: Health

As an RN with a technology background, I find myself regularly involved in discussions about mobile devices and the world of healthcare. As you in the ZDNet audience well know, the growth in mobile devices compared to the growth of traditional desktops is, well, "extreme" might not be a strong enough word.

So, as you might imagine, mobile devices are finding their way into the healthcare environment. I've talked in the past about bringing mobile devices in as part of the strategy of the health organization, whether that's for electronic healthcare records, or even as a device that lives in the pocket of a physician's lab coat.

But there's another side to mobile devices in health, and it's the challenge that almost all enterprises are dealing with in one way or another: BYOD. Whether or not your organization has a formalized strategy for bringing your own devices into the hospital, your patients and employees will do so anyway.

In the following short video, Intel security expert David Houlding explains how BYOD in healthcare is inevitable, what some of the advantages might be for your organization, and why you're going to need to face the reality of inevitable BYOD, whether you want to or not.

Topic: Health


Denise Amrich is a Registered Nurse, the health care advisor for the U.S. Strategic Perspective Institute, and a mentor for the Virtual Campus at Florida's Brevard Community College.

Nothing in this article is meant to be a substitute for medical advice, and shouldn't be considered as such. If you are in need of medical help, please see your doctor.

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  • BYOD and inserted in a health care environment ...

    ... then watch how liability insurance cost skyrockets after the 1st irresponsible idiot loses his device containing PRIVATE patient information in violation of HIPAA.

    Sorry, but BYOD in a health care environment is about as dumb as BYOD at a credit card company. An EPIC security failure waiting to happen.
    • Mis-informed

      BYOD is already in the healthcare environment.

      I should know, I help set it up and manage it.
      • Why?

        Why did your environment think it was a good idea?
      • What?

        What do they use the devices for? If there is no patient identifying information then it won't be a problem.
  • Hygiene?

    I thought medical kit had to follow certain guidelines, to be allowed to be used in hospitals? Most of the touch terminals we see have to use special materials and there have to be certain features which need to be met, before they can be used - and I'm talking about wards and exam rooms, not the operating theatre.

    The kit can't have gaps between screen and surround, for example, like most smartphones and tablets, where crud and bacteria can congregate and multiply.
  • a point

    Most computers in our new hospital have protective keyboard coverings and the screen is boom mounted. Badge activated access tied to your personal login account.

    Endless amounts of hand washing, sanitizer, and gloves.