As health systems entered the mobile device landscape, healthcare providers started using enterprise devices that served specific communication, data access and sharing functions. However, these devices failed to offer ePHI security and storage solutions, limiting healthcare providers to collaborate in specific locations only, resulting in the adaptation of personal devices for work purposes and raising clear HIPAA violation flags.
Health systems seeking to protect patient data and improve care coordination as well as security started switching to the BYOD approach. By adopting mobile communications platforms that put full remote administration and control on mobile apps while allowing easy adaptation of full BYOD support, healthcare providers were able to securely connect clinicians and patients. This approach created smart data synchronization techniques for efficient data access, allowing all sensitive information to be stored in a secure cloud-based repository instead of on an insecure mobile device.
Today, with the Internet of Things (IoT) penetrating the market, security has been redefined and BYOD has come to have a much larger implication in the healthcare ecosystem. Healthcare systems have now been configured to allow easy capturing, measuring and sharing of PHI from mobile devices, wearables, bedside monitors, home-based devices and enhanced appliances without any interference from the user. Successful BYOD implementation into healthcare mobile solutions ensures: