According to a new study from the Menlo Park, Calif.-based research and advisory firm, Spyglass Consulting Group, 69 percent of nurses at hospitals say they are using their smartphones for personal and clinical communications on the job. The report, “Point of Care Computing for Nursing 2012,” looked at the insights of more than 100 nurses working in acute care environments and found that the devices are helping them “fill in critical communication gaps” that come from the technologies provided by hospital IT.
However, leaders at hospitals aren’t as thrilled about the proliferation of these devices. “Hospital IT is concerned that personal devices on the hospital’s network pose a significant security threat to patient health information stored on the device or the network,” Gregg Malkary, managing director of Spyglass Consulting Group, said in a statement. “Supporting nursing ‘Bring Your Own Device’ initiatives would require hospital IT to define comprehensive mobile governance strategies and to deploy Enterprise-class tools to centrally monitor, manage and protect mobile devices, apps and data.”
Meanwhile, nurses say they aren’t as high on tablets as they are on smartphones. Ninety six percent interviewed for the study said first generation tablets aren’t the right device to support bedside nursing. They also expressed doubts about durability, infection control, limited data entry, and lack of native applications.
North Carolina-based health IT company Lenovo Health and Orbita, a Boston-based connected home healthcare company, launched a virtual home care solution and showcased the technology at HIMSS17 in Orlando.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has announced five winners in Phase 2 of the “Move Health Data Forward” Challenge, a contest to develop solutions to help with the flow of health information.
At the HIMSS17 conference in Orlando on Monday, The National Association for Trusted Exchange (NATE) unveiled NATE’s Blue Button Directory (NBBD) and is demonstrating it as part of the Federal Health Architecture’s demonstrations in the HIMSS17 Interoperability Showcase.
At the HIMSS17 conference in Orlando, the nonprofit Regenstrief Institute announced a partnership with analytics vendor Health Catalyst involving Regenstrief's artificial intelligence-powered text analytics technology.
Cybersecurity has been elevated to a central concern for healthcare providers, with more attention at the board level and the C-suite, according to a new survey by Orem, Utah-based KLAS Research and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). The study found that 42 percent of organizations have a vice president or C-level official in charge of cybersecurity and for 39 percent of organizations, the head of cybersecurity is at the director level.