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Cisco Blog – Healthcare – BYOD! What do you bring to the party?

Historically Healthcare has the reputation of being behind the technology curve, however the next-generation worker is now driving the demand for the Bring Your Own Device business model.
“What? That’s crazy talk! How do I maintain a controlled secure environment?” Exclaims the IT Manager.

This new age of social intelligence and the evolution of social networks and mobility bring the expectation of free choice among the work force. Workers are putting the pressure on organizations for interoperability between the enterprise network and the devices of their choosing. Today the average person on the planet has 1.8 devices on today’s networks connecting over 13 billion devices in total. By the year 2015 that number is expected to rise to 25 billion equating to 3.47 devices per person.

Adoption and use of mobile devices by Doctors will continue to grow, according to a survey taken in May 2011 by QuantiaMD from 3,798 physician community members. We will continue to see more of what they refer to as “Super Mobile” Physicians who use Smartphones and tablets as mHealth platforms for patient care.

Mobile Health is a rapidly growing phenomenon. According to a recent article on biomedical-engineering-online.com titled How smartphones are changing the face of mobile and participatory healthcare, “Patients too are accessing health information, actively participating in their own care (participatory healthcare), and maintaining contact with their healthcare providers through Smartphones.” So what does this mean for the business hosting the party of devices?

IT managers have a whole new set of challenges in order to provide an open yet secure infrastructure which a traditional data center solution was not originally designed for. This deficiency in the market prompted Cisco to build theirs from the ground up reinventing Data Center with the demands of the Next Generation workflow in mind.

The BYOD model will inevitably demand new support and operational structuring requiring businesses to plan and budget accordingly. What’s clear is that the BYOD challenge is not going away.

According to Gartner the 2015 worker will be one of “Extreme Individualization”. Baby boomers will begin to retire as highly-interactive young adults enter the workforce. Gartner also reports in a maverick analysis that ”workers will spend more than 80 percent of their time working collaboratively, and not necessarily face-to-face”.

This wide utilization of innovative collaboration technologies for both personal and business use will only continue to put the pressure on businesses to enable the BYOD demand. Looking at the rate of adoption in the industry, Healthcare is no exception to the age of social intelligence.

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