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85% of hospitals allow personal devices for doctors and staff

More doctors and hospital employees are starting to bring their own mobile devices into work. Most IT departments are supporting those gadgets – but with some controls in place. 

Most (85%) of hospitals allow personal devices to be brought into work, according to a recent survey from Aruba Networks.

However, many are still wary of allowing those devices to access hospital applications and clinical data. At 53% of the 130 hospitals surveyed, IT only allows Internet access over the WiFi network. Just 24% provide even limited access to hospital applications, and only 8% allow full access.

However, many hospitals are looking for ways to let doctors’ and staff members’ personal devices access clinical data in a safe and secure way, as doctors are eager to use iPads and other mobile devices for their work. The top priority is allowing access to electronic health records, as 60% of respondent said they plan to support EHR applications on mobile devices.

One way hospitals can allow devices to access those systems while limiting security risks: virtualization. Close to 60% of hospitals are using or plan to use virtualization to support hospital applications on employee-owned tablets.

Virtualization allows the application to run on the hospitals survey and accessed through a mobile device. That means all data is still kept on the hospital’s network, rather than on the device itself, which minimizes the risk of a breach if a device is lost or stolen.

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