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Mobile Device Management is Crucial for the Healthcare Industry


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May 20, 2011

Mobile Device Management is Crucial for the Healthcare Industry

By David Sims, TMCnet Contributing Editor

If you’re part of the healthcare industry, and are in the market for mobile device management help, you might want to consider MobileIron’s offerings.

Because if you’re like most in healthcare these days, your organization is embracing mobility at rapidly growing rates, mainly to help turn tough business transformations and regulatory challenges to their advantage. And as MobileIron officials say, mobility “helps enhance patient safety, improve operational efficiency and ensure adherence to stringent government regulatory standards.”

And it’s not just your organization – as both patients and healthcare IT professionals need secure data and application policies that satisfy a large and diverse user community, Mobile Iron officials rightly contend.

Recently, TMCnet had the news that Canadian Blood Services, a not-for-profit, charitable organization that supplies about a million units of blood to more than 700 hospitals throughout Canada, had selected a Mitel (News - Alert) product based on the Mitel Freedom architecture, in order to connect mobile employees and help manage organizational growth and efficiencies.

In fact, they list a few points you should bear in mind when looking for mobile device management ROI and benefits, not just for you as a healthcare provider, but for your patients as well:

Mobile device management ensures patient and healthcare IT application and data privacy by providing doctors, clinicians, and nurses always-available mobile access to clinical data and applications.

It also helps you meet state-, regional or country-specific regulatory compliance, including HITECH HIPAA requirements around confidentiality of sensitive information. Again, if you’re in healthcare, we don’t need to tell you what a big deal that is these days.

MDM can promote secure mobility and application productivity through collaboration with caregivers using the secure mobility offering, as well as help lower IT costs and increase operational efficiencies with multi-OS support and application storefront capabilities.

David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David’s articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.

Edited by Jamie Epstein

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