Preparing Health Care for the Mobile Integration

In an earlier post we discussed formulating policies to address the BYOD trend that moving its way through businesses worldwide.  This can be a welcome blessing for business managers and employees, but a nightmare for IT departments.  As health care is one of our biggest lines of service, we thought it prudent to take a closer look into the personal mobile device utilization in the healthcare environment.

Health care information managers should already be talking about what they need to do to make sure they are compliant when BYOD hits their facility.  This will most likely result in the need to revise current policy and introduce new strategies.  Once this comes about hospital Administrators can expect their IT staff to spend valuable time researching and instituting additional security measures.

Historically, health care has been slow to adopt new information technology solutions.  It is easy to opt for outdated methods that might appear more reliable and secure rather than sacrificing IT hours to integrate better tools to manage patient data.  This is an especially daunting task when considering the regulatory influences hospitals face. Controlling accurate, and timely information to the secure point-of-care is the overarching goal.

Mobile technology slowly but surely will find its way into more health care facilities.  Anesthesiologists at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have lent their health care expertise in the development of VigiVu, a mobile app capable of monitoring patients vital signs in real-time, before, during and after surgery.  Even as we speak lawmakers in Washington are discussing whether or not smartphones and tablets with health-related apps could be classified as “medical devices.”  The regulatory attention along with the proliferation of iPads, smartphones and the frenzied level of application development hints that this is something that will eventually come about whether you like it or not.  How do you plan on integrating secure BYOD and mobile technologies practices into your current data management systems while protecting confidential patient data and maintaining IT staff productivity?

Mobile technology comes with an added convenience for health care practitioners, but those benefits can be easily overshadowed by escalating internal IT costs.  If you find yourself overcome with how to best integrate BYOD and mobile apps into your health care services the best approach is to speak with IT professionals whose job it is to stay informed on the latest in health care IT compliancy.  

We make it our business to understand the many developments in health care IT compliancy and how new trends in technology might affect compliancy issues.  For health care providers small or large, managed IT services can address all HIPAA/HITECH compliancy issues while providing current IT staff with the best resources to maintain policies.   With a focused IT management partner, current technology staff can begin to research the effective ways to integrate mobile technology rather than focusing on how to avoid a HIPAA audit.

A proactive BYOD strategy in the health care industry will lead to improved levels of care leading to happier, healthier patients.  By outsourcing IT management to help design and implement mobile security policies hospitals and facilities are saving costs while establishing themselves as leaders in innovative health care information technology.