BYOD happens: bringing personal devices into healthcare environments is inevitable

An Intel security expert explains why BYOD is inevitable in healthcare, and why consumerization might be a good thing to embrace in your organization.
Written by Denise Amrich, Contributor

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.

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