More docs using mobile devices at work

Those in the health care industry are becoming more and more tech-savvy.

According to a survey of health care IT professionals by Aruba Networks, 85 percent of hospital IT departments allow doctors and staff to use personal devices at work.

Aruba Networks, a manufacturer of mobile networking infrastructure, interviewed 130 IT professionals working for its health care customers.

Regarding current and planned network use, 50 percent of those surveyed say they’re planning to expand or refresh their Wi-Fi infrastructure in the next 12 months, while 35 percent said the same for their wired networks. Almost all (93 percent) reported that they owned and managed their own network infrastructure, rather than outsourcing it to a network service provider.

The survey shows iPads are increasingly popular, with 83 percent of health care IT professionals allowing them on their networks, and 65 percent support iPhones and iPod Touch devices.

Health care is still one market where Blackberry use outpaces Android-based devices, with 52 percent supporting the former and 46 percent supporting Android tablets and/or phones.

Electronic Medical Records (EMR) applications were far and away the most often supported applications on mobile devices, with 60 percent of respondents saying their organizations do so. EMR was followed by picture archiving and communication systems (PACS), secure messaging, and voice over IP, each in the 30 percent range.

Most (76 percent) say they provide Internet access to patients and visitors, with 58 percent doing so through open networks with no password protection. Seventy-five percent also noted that their hospital applications were available remotely to clinics, physicians and others.  

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