As mobile devices continue to transform different industries, recent developments suggest that the healthcare industry is next in line. A report by Sky News describes how the use of mobile devices in two hospitals saved the lives of more than 750 patients. Nurses sensibly swapped paper charts for iPods to record patients' vital signs. This advancement, reinforced with tailor-made software, alerts nurses when patients' vital signs deteriorate.

Research published by the British Medical Journal states that one year into embracing mobile devices, deaths at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth fell by 397 and 372 fewer patients died at the University Hospital in Coventry. The numbers speak for themselves: mobile devices are effectively reducing mistakes and saving both time and lives.

Similarly, RxApps are reducing the chance that human error could lead to loss of life by leveraging SMS to automatically remind patients to take medication when needed. With developments in the healthcare industry having a direct impact on whether a life is saved or lost, it is important now more than ever that these devices continue to operate as intended.

Issues Associated with Mobile Devices in Healthcare

Healthcare professionals are legally bound by doctor-patient confidentiality. This protects communication and data shared between the patient and his or her doctor. Due to the nature of this relationship it is imperative that patient data saved on mobile devices used in healthcare are protected. If a device is compromised, action must be taken instantly to secure it.

It is also crucial that these devices are not misused. By downloading apps, they might become infected by malware and their performance affected. A brief lapse in performance could have severe consequences for patients.

In such a dynamic industry, it is not an option to waste time collecting information about these devices. When the stakes are as high as human life, how is the healthcare industry going to monitor and maintain the devices while also protecting doctor-patient confidentiality?

Device Management in Healthcare with 2X MDM

  • Password Policies: Restrict unauthorized access to patient information
  • Security: Lock or wipe sensitive patient information remotely
  • Application Management: Be notified when an application Blacklist or Whitelist is not respected
  • Location History: Locate all your devices' and healthcare professionals' current and previous locations
  • Send Directions: Instantly pinpoint the location the healthcare professional should go to next
  • Reports: Gain insight into device activity
  • Easy Admin: Easily ensure correct use of device

2X Mobile Device Management (2X MDM) is a platform to manage, track and secure devices. Enforce Password Policies with the complexity of your choice to ensure that only authorized users can access devices. If a device has been stolen or lost, Secure patient data by locking the device with a new password or wiping all data retained on it as well as the associated SD card.

Application Management allows you to define an application control policy. Specify applications that are allowed or applications which should not be installed. If this policy is not respected you will be notified. Keep track of the current whereabouts of all your devices and also review where they have been with detailed Location History. Send Directions to GPs to pinpoint the location of their next home visit.

Detailed Reports will provide you with further insight into single devices' or groups of devices' call and Wi-Fi/data usage. Lastly, save administration time with 2X MDM’s Easy Admin features to quickly ensure that devices are not misused.

References
Device Management Healthcare : http://news.sky.com/story/1340999/ipods-save-750-lives-during-hospital-trials
Device Management Healthcare : http://iq.intel.com/how-a-mobile-device-can-save-your-life-apps-improve-doctor-patient-communication/
Device Management Healthcare : http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4029126/
Device Management Healthcare : http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/nhc8j7/mobile_health
Device Management Healthcare : http://www.supplementalhealthcare.com/blog/2013/healthcare-go-pros-and-cons-mobile-health-apps
Device Management Healthcare : http://www.informationweek.com/healthcare/mobile-and-wireless/how-mobile-devices-reshape-patient-care/d/d-id/1112810
Device Management Healthcare : http://injury.findlaw.com/medical-malpractice/breaches-of-doctor-patient-confidentiality.html



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