If you’re in health IT, just hearing “BYOD” makes your head
throb: All those random devices to
manage and secure. Doctors struggle, too. They’ve found devices they love, but
none that do enough.
To do BYOD right—and make everyone happy—healthcare
organizations need devices that:
an experience that doctors love.
Doctors have rushed to buy tablets and other
mobile devices. But they won’t use just any device. Experience matters. At a
minimum, they want high-performance devices that enable them to work in
the new, mobile way; have access to key information on their desktop PCs; and use
a pen or stylus for navigating and writing notes. Give doctors devices they
don’t like and they simply won’t use them.
doctors secure clinical access.
Doctors want tablets that serve myriad purposes. Sure, they
want to do basics like checking recommended drug dosages and showing patients’ images.
But they also want to use devices for tasks like taking notes and checking and
updating the full patient record, which require working in the clinical system.
A virtualized system view that requires scrolling around doesn’t always work —a full-screen
view is often necessary to see key clinical information. Doctors have
been challenged to find one device that does it all.
it easy for IT to manage and secure.
Today, health IT spends massive amounts of
money on mobile device management to support BYOD. A study by Dell revealed that it costs more than $2,000 for an IT department
to manage a tablet. When employees use different devices, IT must support
multiple infrastructures, security systems, management consoles, and the like.
No wonder their heads ache.
devices that accomplish these three things, as Windows 8.1 devices do, both
doctors and IT can be satisfied. Doctors love the experience and system access Windows
8.1 devices provide. And IT loves that they work immediately with all of the
organization’s other devices, from the same infrastructure—it’s
just a matter of switching them on. Happy doctors, happy IT. Now that’s doing
Let me know
what you think are the top challenges with BYOD in healthcare. What are the
best devices you’ve found?
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