Healthcare Mobility – Better be Safe than Sorry
In my last blog, I shared about the IT trends and challenges that are facing the Healthcare industry. These include digitalization of patient’s records which bring about positive synergy among the different players (Hospital, Insurance companies, medical manufacturer etc.) in the healthcare industry. With the explosive amount of data feeds generated, it also brought about the resultant trends such as Migrating data to the Cloud, Bringing Your Own Device (BYOD) and secure mobility access to confidential data requirement.
In this blog. I shall explore the 3 key areas that you should essentially be aware when you are either considering a mobility strategy for your clients or your organization in the Healthcare industry.
How healthcare staff or even patients going to connect into the hospital networks—whether it’s through traditional wired connection or whether it’s going to be a wireless connection, whether it’s going to be a connection that’s happening within the hospital setting or remotely perhaps at a Starbucks a few street down the road. So perhaps somebody is connecting in from their home or from vacation—whether that person is actually an employee of the hospital or a consultant or contractor to the hospital; whether he or she is using a device that’s his/her own device, or whether it’s going to be a hospital-type device; so mobility solution must focus on connectivity.
Next, it must focus on the platform. Are we connecting in from a data center environment, where the servers are all located within the hospital? Is it going to be connecting in through the cloud where that data is going to be living now more and more? Is it a hosted environment, where the hospital may be subcontracting their data center support to, or is it in a virtual environment? So, best practices should also looks at the overall platform. Making sure that the solution not only caters for the present but looks towards to the future growth requirement of the hospital.
Lastly, we must look at the overall applications and content as well. We must always have the next few questions at the top of our mind when we start to develop the mobility solution for your clients. What applications are the healthcare staffs going to use? Are they hosted applications? Are they cloud-based applications? Are they Web applications? Are they on premises applications? What type of content are those applications going to provide that clinician—to what degree do we have exposure here for patient data, for example? And what level of visibility control do we have of those applications? So how does that healthcare staff overall engage with the content on the application? Healthcare mobility is meant to address the broad range of ways healthcare staff will interact from a secure standpoint with the overall IT infrastructure.
Thus, we must adamantly focus on connectivity, platforms and the applications and content that healthcare staff will be engaging with to have a peace of mind. Better be safe than sorry.