Right now, businesses are struggling with the consumerization of IT, or BYOD (bring your own device) as many have taken to calling it. Basically, it’s the introduction of consumer gadgets like the iPad and Android smartphones into a company’s technology mix.
It can cause problems like corporate data residing on a personally-owned phone that your kids use to play Angry Birds on. But it also presents a big opportunity.
Aruba Networks ran a survey of over 130 hospitals (PDF) for its 2012 Healthcare Mobility Trends report (PDF). This little factoid stood out:
Electronic Medical Records (EMR) applications were far and away the most often supported applications on mobile devices, with 60 percent of respondents saying their organizations do so. EMR was followed by picture archiving and communication systems (PACS), Secure Messaging, and Voice over IP (VoIP), each in the 30 percent range.
Anther highlight is this finding: 85 percent support their physicians’ and staffs’ use of personal devices at work. And 83 percent support the use of Apple iPads on the network. iOS support is billed as a “top priority” for healthcare organizations.
With adoption like that, the market looks increasingly brighter for EMR providers, including startups like DrChrono that specifically develop with tablets and mobiles in mind.
Go paperless healthcare!
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