Article | December 12, 2018

Smartphones In Healthcare: Does Everybody Really Need One?

Source: Vocera Communications

By Win Reis, Vocera

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Earlier this year, KLAS issued its first report about smartphone usage in healthcare, titled Clinical Mobility 2018 – Leveraging a Smartphone Strategy. It offers a lot of valuable information to help hospitals decide on which smartphones to deploy.

The report identified three different deployment models for smartphones:

  • Shared-use
  • Bring your own device (BYOD)
  • Personal use, also called “choose your own device” (CYOD)

It also provides excellent guidance for choosing a smartphone that works well for each model, using data collected from more than 100 hospitals. Download a free copy of the report here.

Before you go down the path of deciding which smartphones to deploy, I recommend you ask two questions. One: “Does everyone need a smartphone?” And two: “How do I determine that?” I strongly believe that you need to start by thinking about end users and the IT services they need.