What is Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD)?

Since the advent of smartphones and tablets, more and more clinicians have been bringing them to work. BYOD has created concern among hospital administrators because of its security risks. Some healthcare systems allow doctors and nurses to use only hospital-supplied mobile devices when they are on the hospital campus. Others allow people to bring their own devices but prohibit them from storing protected health information on them. Nevertheless, clinicians have discovered that the easiest way to get other’s attention quickly is by texting their colleagues. To address that trend, a growing number of hospitals have adopted secure texting systems.

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