mHealth News Briefs with Tim Bredrup
Aruba Networks, Inc. recently released the results from a survey focused on the networking priorities of more than 130 healthcare information technology professionals.
The survey clearly shows that hospitals are embracing “Bring Your Own Device” initiatives, but with varying levels of access to business applications. Of the 85% of respondents who said that they are supporting their physicians’ and staffs’ use of personal devices at work, 53% said that they are currently relegated to Internet access only, while 24% provide limited access to hospital applications. Only 8% currently enable full access to the hospital network with user-owned devices.
Regarding current and planned network use, 50% of those surveyed said that they were planning to expand or refresh their Wi-Fi infrastructure in the next 12 months, while 35% said the same for their wired networks. 93% reported that they owned and managed their own network infrastructure, rather than outsourcing it to a network service provider. In regards to devices and applications, 83% of survey respondents said that they supported the use of Apple iPads on the network, with 65% saying the same for iPhones and iPod touches. Healthcare is one market where Blackberry use still outpaces Android-based devices, with 52% supporting the former and 46% supporting Android tablets and/or phones.