Businesses have begun to integrate mobile device usage into daily workflows to improve productivity and communications among staff. Healthcare organizations are turning to the same solution, but must keep HIPAA regulations in mind. Unsecure usage allows for improper transmission of PHI, leaving patients vulnerable and healthcare staff without proper tools to connect or remain efficient in the workplace. To begin addressing the issue, hospital administration has acknowledged the use of mobile devices in the workplace. Studies show that about 81% of physicians currently use their smartphones in the workplace, while 62% of hospital nurses use their smartphones for clinical and personal use while on the job. Security measures have been implemented per department, with physicians already following BYOD policy standards, yet secure texting for nurses remains nonexistent.
To further address the use of mobile devices and allow for all staff to have efficient and secure communications, healthcare organizations should realize the prevalence of mobile device usage within the nursing staff. More importantly, nurses need a secure form of communication to optimize workflows and allow for transmission of patient information to fellow staff members.
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