Today nearly 1 million physicians in the U.S. practice in multiple locations, including offices, hospitals, and clinics. A recent Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) survey revealed that 83% of physicians said they use mobile technology to facilitate patient care. Additional recent surveys disclosed that:
- 79% use smartphones for professional purposes
- 60% of patients have either started paying for video consultation or plan to in the next few years
- 41% prescribe medications via mobile devices
Mobile healthcare, or mHealth, is creating new demands on healthcare IT professionals for supporting BYOD best practices and mHealth security, reliability and efficiency. IT departments are investing in encryption, mobile device anti-virus solutions, device lock down, and password requirements to safeguarding medical data. They are also implementing communications solutions that ensure both mobility and HIPAA compliance with their always-connected, frequently mobile healthcare workforce.
To learn more about how the right BYOD policy helps medical professionals increase efficiency and productivity in hospitals, clinics, medical offices, and beyond, see the recent Healthcare IT News white paper: The CIO’s BYOD Toolbox: Top Trends for HIPAA Compliant mHealth.
And see how RingCentral’s all-inclusive cloud phone system is helping healthcare organizations optimize their patient interactions and streamline communications.
Originally published Mar 19, 2015, updated Aug 11, 2020