IT | Security

Survey Reveals BYOD Growing in Healthcare

By: Absolute Editorial Team | 8/21/2013

Absolute Software recently surveyed 200 healthcare professionals to learn weather, and how, they're incorporating the use of personal mobile devices within their organizations. Our survey reveals that BYOD of smartphones and tablets are increasingly common in healthcare, with efficiency and productivity the primary motivators.

When looking at the data from hospital and health systems (which compromised 36% of those surveyed), we found some interesting insights:

  • 61% say that employee use of personal mobile devices for work is adopted by up to 50% of their employees
  • The top tasks on personal mobiles at work are email and calendar (50%)
  • 36% use personal devices to access patient data
  • 43% of respondents say that IT currently configures systems to display on mobile devices
  • 56% believe personal mobile devices increases productivity
  • 44% of hospitals support BYOD. 44% do not support BYOD.
  • 63% do not have a formal policy for BYOD
  • The top concerns about mobile devices are regulatory non-compliance (34%), the risk of information breach (31%) or providing inaccurate information to users (31%)

Our survey revealed that some hospitals continue to supply company-owned devices, making them reluctant to secure additional devices. Other hospitals have foregone corporate own devices, instead adopting a BYOD policy. One hospital noted that employees using their own devices were less likely to lose them or rack up charges on them.

The benefits of BYOD on employee productivity, costs and better healthcare service to patients are pushing BYOD adoption up in healthcare. While there are risks associated with regulatory compliance and data security, healthcare organizations need to be aggressive in setting up protections for data as mobile continues to grow within the workplace. With smart management, proactive policies and technology to reinforce those policies, organizations can reap the rewards of mobile while still reducing risk.

To learn how to better manage BYOD in healthcare, visit our healthcare solution page or read our guide on How to Implement a BYOD Policy in 3 Simple Steps.

Read more in our Whitepaper on Healthcare Providers Making Headway with BYOD Mobile Strategy