Survey: Many Hospitals Allow Workers To Use Personal Mobile Devices

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About 85% of hospital-based IT professionals say their organization embraces "bring your own device" -- or BYOD -- policies that allow employees to use their personal mobile devices at work, according to a survey by Aruba Networks, Computerworld reports (Mearian, Computerworld, 2/24).

For the survey, Aruba Networks interviewed more than 130 hospital-based health IT professionals.

Levels of Access

Although 85% of respondents said their organization has a BYOD policy, the organizations varied in the amount of data they allowed personal mobile devices to access. The survey found that:

  • 53% of respondents said their organization only allows personal mobile devices to access the Internet;
  • 24% said their organization provides personal mobile devices with limited access to hospital applications; and
  • 8% said their organization provides personal mobile devices with full access to the hospital network (Dolan, MobiHealthNews, 2/23).

Types of Mobile Devices Supported

The survey also found that:

  • 83% of respondents said their organization supports Apple iPads;
  • 65% said their organization supports Apple iPhones and iPod Touches;
  • 52% said their organization supports Blackberry devices; and
  • 46% said their organization supports Android-based devices.

Additional Findings

The survey found that electronic health record applications are the most widely supported application on mobile devices, with 60% of respondents saying their organization supports the use of mobile EHR apps. The next most widely supported mobile apps include picture archiving and communication systems, secure messaging and voice-over IP (Computerworld, 2/24).

The survey also found that more than 75% of respondents said their organization provides Internet access to patients and hospital visitors, but 58% said they use open networks without password protection to do so (Jackson, FierceMobileHealthcare, 2/23).

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