August 02, 2012

Best Practices for BYOD in Healthcare

BYOD or not to BYOD; that is the question.  Healthcare organizations are facing a tsunami of personal devices trying to access the network.  More than 80% of physicians now own tablets and almost every patient and guest has a smartphone.  Studies show that BYOD increases productivity  due to the users’ familiarity with their own devices, increases patient satisfaction by giving them access to important medical information and their caregiver, as well as lowers overall IT costs for device support.  So how does a limited hospital IT staff keep track of these devices while securing patient data and assuring bandwidth availability for vital application delivery?

Healthcare organizations must have a strict set of BYOD best practices and policies in place to ensure network security while increasing the comfort level of users bringing their personal devices onto the hospital network.  It is important to not only secure the mobile devices accessing the network, but it is equally important to communicate a clear code of conduct for those utilizing hospital resources.  By making all BYOD policies and procedures transparent to end users, IT can actually build trust among employees, fueling more productivity and controlling risk management on a personal, per-employee level.  This is vitally important when trying to control patient data access on a personal device and overall end user accountability for devices accessing the hospital infrastructure.

Through the communication of a strong mobile device acceptable use and security policy, health IT organizations can define user conduct, support policies, health IT support responsibilities, and security controls and features with very little room for confusion.  These documents provide general use guidelines for users accessing the hospital network and deliver a framework for conduct for employees and guests alike.

In addition to a solid BYOD Best Practices procedure, Mobile IAM from Enterasys provides the visibility and control required to manage users and devices on the hospital network.  By controlling access based on device, user, location and application, Mobile IAM gives health IT the perfect complement to any mobile device management program by controlling the network resources, not just the device.

To learn more about BYOD and how it is transforming clinical workflow, a white paper by Gregg Malkary of Spyglass Consulting called ““Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) Initiatives Enable Clinical Transformation”outlines why BYOD is a necessity in any healthcare organization and what you can do today to make sure the network is ready to catch the wave.


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