A popular topic for hospitals right now is whether to allow employees to use their personal smartphones and tablets for staff communications and patient alerts. “Bring your own device” (BYOD) is a challenging issue because it encompasses so many questions related to an organization’s costs, security risks, IT availability, and the varying needs of different groups of staff. There is no one-size-fits all answer, and the landscape is changing rapidly as mobile strategies in healthcare mature.
In June 2015, Spok surveyed more than 450 healthcare organizations for a snapshot of the current state of BYOD. Survey participants were from hospitals of all sizes across North America and included leaders in the executive suite, IT and telecommunications departments, as well as clinical and administrative staff. Evolving staff workflows, different facility infrastructures, and unequal risk tolerance mean that there is still a lot of variation across the industry.
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