Mobile Device Strategy for EHR

“Let’s have a Device Fair!” or “Let’s get a few devices together and let the physicians make an educated choice.” Typical conversations during an EHR implementation or upgrade or migration.

I think quite frankly that physicians these days want to have “an app for it” if they are at all IT savvy and want that app to be on an Apple iPad. Unless the public starts to migrate away from Apple as the legion of fans of the late, great Steve Jobs possibly move their allegiences, I think Apple’s iPad will rule the roost for at least a few more years. Blackberry has lasted for about close to a decade and is only waning now (except for die-hard “keyboard vs. touch screen” fans).

(Note to self: Remember the function of the right click…iPads can’t right click yet…remember that when your physician wants to use it to complete their patient progress notes).

What is good strategy that has been used across healthcare organizations to purchase, develop policy, adopt and monitor compliance? I know that HIMSS had a great webinar on November 16th, 2011 on this.

Everybody at a hospital (especially Physicians) love their mobile devices as they have become the preferred in the healthcare domain. These have their pros and cons as anything, such as security for instance. When a physician receives an image sent by a patient of their tumor on their mobile device (via text), what should be done? Is this a breach of HIPAA? I have heard arguements for both sides (not that I necessarily believe the arguements for that). If the physician’s device is lost and data is breached, this can affect many individuals at once. I think that the focus should be on your overall device and computer usage policies and compliance to those policies that will be the clincher and how you can maintain those policies effectively, especially when the devices go offsite. Satisfying evolving regulatory policies, education on proper usage and risk mitigation will drive the day.


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