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HIT Security Hinges on Mobile Device Management

Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media, June 19, 2012

"Verizon for some odd reason wants you to have a certain plan and it's usually not a good plan, so there [have been] some problems," Brady says.

That "certain plan" would be a business plan, and BYODers would much prefer a Verizon phone with a consumer plan.

Brady does believe that the cost of the mobile device management app will end up being picked up by the healthcare organization, whether or not the device is BYOD or not. It's work related, so why wouldn't the business pay?

These issues and others will continue to bedevil CIOs at healthcare organizations. If you are interested in helping HIMSS hammer out policies and best practices, I'm sure the group would welcome your help.


Scott Mace is senior technology editor at HealthLeaders Media.
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Ann Unitas (6/19/2012 at 4:44 PM)
Scott - You hit the nail on the head. Policies and rules will not keep providers from using whatever tools available to do their jobs effectively, and mobile devices are an essential part of the toolkit. It is clearly not practical to expect all users to tweak configurations on their personal devices, yet that is the only proposed solution I hear much about. Apollo offers an app that lets professionals use their mobile device camera without risking unauthorized use of the picture. It doesn't solve the whole problem - but it addresses the most common, concerning, use of personal devices. Thanks to people like you, we'll get there!