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The number of mobile devices in healthcare facilities is increasing rapidly, as is the diversity of mobile platforms, operating systems (OSes) and communication methods that need to be supported by these organizations. In fact, in remarks made at George Washington University Hospital in Washington D.C., FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said that healthcare is being “transformed” by broadband, and called out wireless and mobile in particular.
For its part in this transformation, Genachowski said,
The FCC is pursuing a health strategy with three key components: promoting connectivity; fostering fast-paced innovation of wireless networks, medical devices and mobile apps; encouraging greater adoption of life-saving health technology; and ensuring that spectrum is optimally allocated and managed.”
So on the outside, infrastructure and promotion is progressing, but what does mobility in healthcare look like from the inside?
A recent poll of managed Healthcare providers by the Aberdeen Group found three clear expectations for mobile healthcare technology: stem the rising costs of healthcare processes, improve staff productivity, and decrease the entry erroneous data.
To understand where mobility is headed though, it would first help to remember the mistakes of the past.
A Smarter Approach to Mobile Device Management
More people today use personal mobile devices like smartphones and tablets for business purposes. Such devices, coupled with greater Wi-Fi accessibility and cloud services, have empowered us with the ability to access data and do business from practically anywhere at anytime.
Needless to say, many small-to-medium sized business owners have embraced the BYOD (Bring-Your-Own-Device) revolution. The benefits are obvious; increased employee productivity, enhanced services to customers/clients, and better overall customer and employee satisfaction.
But what about the potential consequences associated with this mobility revolution? Are small business owners doing enough preemptive planning to address potential risks that could arise with the use of BYOD devices?
4 Essential Pieces to Any Small Business BYOD Strategy
Believe it or not, once upon a time, kids at the bus stop didn’t have cell phones and the mobile device strategy of many businesses was typically you’ll take what you’re given, refrain from using it for any personal use, and the data may be scrubbed clean whenever we please.
We’ve come a long way. Today, businesses really have no choice but to let employees use personal devices for work purposes. Blurred lines now make it difficult to differentiate between what is professional and what is personal. A company or organization may partially pay for an employee’s tablet computer or smartphone, but that same device is used to upload photos to Facebook or download torrents of this season of Game of Thrones.
Naturally, security and privacy issues are a concern since these devices synch to the company network. Larger corporations may be able to hire IT support or produce sophisticated BYOD guidelines for employees to adhere to but smaller businesses have limited resources.
3 Things to Consider Before Jumping Into BYOD
You’ve read it time and time again. “Bring Your Own Device” isn’t a trend, it’s the future. Workplaces where companies let workers use their own devices for work purposes are the new normal. BYOD attracts new hires and lifts employee morale and productivity. But this doesn’t mean a small business owner should recklessly jump right into BYOD just because everyone else is doing it. Data and network security concerns have to be thought out, defined, and addressed in a comprehensive BYOD policy. Here are three things to consider.
Remember… Always Practice Safe BYOD
No matter what blog or magazine read these days, it seems like everyone is talking about today’s increasingly mobile workforce and the BYOD (Bring-Your-Own-Device) movement.
We live in an exciting time when work can be done at any time from any place. Employees love the fact that they can get work done on their iPad as they sit poolside sipping a Pina Colada. Businesses love the cost savings along with the happier and more productive employees they’re noticing. Meanwhile, customers and clients take note that their emails are commonly answered outside traditional work hours with a “Sent from my iPhone” tagline at the bottom.
Like anything related to business technology, there are naysayers who are quick to warn that a more mobile and dispersed workforce also means increased security risks.
Do they have a point? I'll cover that today!
Why SMBs Must Proactively Address the Threat of Mobile Hacks
More cyber criminals are targeting small-to-medium sized businesses. One reason for this is too many workplaces have insufficient bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies in place. Some have none at all. Although firms are generally more knowledgeable about network security risks than in years past, they still woefully underestimate the security vulnerabilities linked to mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.
This is a real cause for concern since data breaches have the ability to put many already financially challenged SMBs out of business.
If customer/client data has been breached, there could be potential litigation costs, and naturally, lost goodwill and an irreparable hit to brand or company reputation. In part 2, we will discuss why this is a must!
Part 1: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly of Mobility and BYOD
There are a lot of advantages to mobility in today’s workforce, but the Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) movement has also brought its share of headaches as well.
We live in a society where everyone must have the newest technology. We are inundated with ads reminding us that the smartphone or tablet we just bought a year ago is laughably outdated and inferior to the upgrade that just hit the market.
People who have just bought the latest technology don’t want to have to set it aside to use a separate company-issued device. As a result, businesses are beginning to grant these employee-owned devices access to their file and email servers, databases, and applications.
While this brings certain competitive advantages to employers, it naturally carries many risks, too.
MIKE DENNEY is President of MDM Recordings Inc., an independent recording company founded in 2008 and located in Toronto. One of his biggest dreams for his artists is to help enhance their success by securing them international recognition, and he has made this goal a priority. “My mission is to support, help nurture and grow the careers of the numerous artists that I work with on a day in and day out basis. I want to help them achieve their goals and dreams, while achieving mine with theirs.”
A 25 year veteran of the music industry, Mike believes that being passionate and success-driven about music (or anything that you do) supersedes wanting a large pay check and material advances. “I have always been very driven to succeed. Years ago it was material things, now it’s a passion for what I do.”
What he looks for in new artists is simple, “I want to represent talent that can really play and perform from their core, their true soul,” he explains. “I want artists that are hard-working and driven by the music, inspired to constantly perfect their craft. To me this is the true definition of talent.”
Mike's current roster includes artists that are having great success in country music: Jess Moskaluke, Bobby Wills, Chad Brownlee, and The Lovelocks.
At this year's CCMAs (Canadian Country Music Association Awards) in September, Mike is a nominee for Record Person of The Year and MDM Recordings is nominated for Record Company of The Year and Management Company of The Year.
Tune in for great conversation as well as the latest releases from several MDM artists!
Sakstachewan's JESS MOSKALUKE is the 2014 CCMA Female Artist of the Year. It's been an amazing year for her with her single Cheap Wine and Cigarettes going gold. She performed the song on this year's CCMA broadcast. The album Light Up The Night also features the popular single Good Lovin' and the new single Used. Jess had a Nashville showcase in August at The Rutledge. CMT has begun playing the video for her latest single Used.
Toronto-based band THE LOVELOCKS received a 2014 CMAO Rising Star Award nomination and then won the CCMA Discovery Award. Celebrated by BlogTO in July 2014 as one of the top 5 alt-country bands to watch in Toronto, The Lovelocks are comprised of musical partners in crime Ali Raney and Zoe Neuman, two city girls who love country music. Their sound has been described as "The Dixie Chicks go Lumineering with a Mumford & Sons-ian alt-country, roots-inspired approach filled with soaring vocals, sweet harmonies and sultry string." The current single from their debut EP is the catchy & happy Dance featuring their signature harmonies and melodies lead by Ali’s fiddle.
Jess Moskaluke and The Lovelocks are on the roster of MDM Recordings Inc. headed by Mike Denney.
The BYOD wars are over, and the users have won. Instead of fighting BYOD, IT has to shift its focus to take advantage of mobility. While security and compliance are still important, IT must also plan for mobile applications that enhance productivity, trigger business transformation, or provide a competitive advantage. Whether you build or buy these apps, you need strategies to meet the expectations of mobile users who demand easy access to data and tools—and an engaging experience.
Join mobility consultant Michael Finneran and Interop Radio host Curt Franklin for an insightful conversation on how IT can strike a balance between protecting corporate data and systems while also fostering an environment where employees can make effective use of mobile technologies.
Register now and get ready to ask questions, chat with other IT pros, and hear practical guidance on BYOD and mobility.
One critical aspect of deployment for any new smartphone is to use a robust MDM (Mobile Device Management) tool, one that enforces your policies and allows IT to track the devices within the enterprise.
These features typically pertain to the approved business apps on the device, data retention policies, Wi-Fi access from the device when it is not being used on a mobile network, and other data and network issues related to that smartphone model specifically.
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