Mobile devices are becoming ever-present in healthcare along with the use of personal devices like smartphones and tablets. It is common to find doctors and nurses checking email, getting lab results and performing different other tasks on their own personal devices like phones and tablets, in an effort to keep up with the day’s workload.
In Spok survey of 2017 it was found that 71% of clinicians said their healthcare facilities allowed some sort of “bring your own device” (BYOD) use – which was a 58% increase from the previous year. Even if the clinicians don’t have an official approval, the practice is quite common. In the same survey it was also found that 65% of doctors and 41% of nurses admitted using personal phones despite hospital policies against their use.
The restriction is understandable. With the wider use of mobile devices, especially BYOD, there are increased privacy and security concerns. Experts believe that hospitals which allow employees to use their personal cell phones in the workplace need to have clear policies on who can use BYOD, how to assure HIPAA compliance and what kinds of information they can transmit or receive. There is a historical context to this concern.
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