Mobile Device Management and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) are top concerns for healthcare providers and doctors, according to an article from Information Week. The article was based on a report from KLAS titled, “Mobile Healthcare Applications: Can Enterprise Vendors Keep Up?“. According to the article, the study asked clinicians about their use of mobile devices, such as tablets and smartphones, in hospitals and clinics. The article reported that the clinicians queried stated that personal device security and mobile device management (MDM) was keeping them up at night (OK, not really keeping them up at night, but they were concerned).
The Information Week article also points to some insights about how doctors are actually using mobile devices. Doctors are using mobile devices to allow them to engage and better share treatment information bedside in hospitals and clinics, and not for diagnosing. This seems largely to be based on the fact that most mobile devices today are designed for consumption, and not creation of data and content. Will new tablets such as Microsoft’s Surface change this?