By Phillip Haritos, senior manager of healthcare solutions, Motorola Solutions
Generally speaking, healthcare has been a laggard in the adoption of mobile wireless technologies compared to other industries such as retail and hospitality. But with the introduction of smaller devices, smartphones, and tablets, the need for increased mobility in hospitals has accelerated dramatically in the past few years. However, unlike those other vertical markets, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in healthcare is less of an issue with clinical and ancillary users as their devices are typically facility-owned and managed for shift use. The exception is physicians, who are typically independent of the hospitals and carry their own devices for clinical collaboration, but the need to wirelessly converge communications, secure patient data, and manage those personal devices still exists.
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