Healthcare becoming more mobile but one in four firms concerned over MDM

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More than a quarter of healthcare organisations are less than confident in their chosen mobile device management (MDM) in batting away security attacks, according to a new report from Jamf.

The study, which was conducted by analyst firm Vanson Bourne, found a refreshingly high number of healthcare firms going in with mobility at the outset; 83% say they currently provide mobile devices to caregiving staff. Yet the same number cited security as the highest priority concern with mobilisation, ahead of data privacy fears (77%) and inappropriate employee use (49%).

The overriding concern from the report was not about where the puck was, but where it was going. Another example of this is with HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) compliance; 84% of organisations said they were compliant, although almost half say they are concerned over how their organisation will adapt to changing regulations.

On the flip side, four in five organisations who plan to, or already have an MDM solution in place say that time savings are the biggest benefit, alongside enhanced employee productivity (79%). Other positives include easier access to patient data (63%), alongside faster patient turnaround (51%) and enhanced security of medical records (48%).

“Adoption of mobile devices like iPad[s] by hospitals and clinics is revolutionising how providers offer care and interact with patients. But a key piece of the equation is implementing the right MDM solution and strategy,” said Dave Alampi, vice president for product management and marketing at Jamf in a statement. “Combining mobile devices with a robust mobile device management technology, healthcare organisations can efficiently, consistently and securely deploy, manage and wipe devices.”

The changing face of healthcare and how mobile technology influences it has been a consistent theme for Enterprise AppsTech in recent months. Writing for this publication earlier this month Duncan Hughes of A10 Networks argued an issue remains from the patient side due to the “growing proliferation of cheap, connected IoT devices such as fitness wearables…[providing] an easy gateway for criminals to illegally access critical information and personal data.”

You can read the full report, titled ‘Pulse on Mobility in Healthcare’, here (email required).

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