When it comes to vertical industries that might have trouble embracing BYOD, health care is pretty much at the top of the obvious list. Though there are probably lots of doctors and other caregiver professionals who would want to bring their own devices to work, I see two big things standing in the way of health care BYOD: Regulatory penalties and device specialization.
The regulatory thing is pretty obvious, especially given the new rules that make penalties for data breaches even tougher and potentially more expensive. From a patient's standpoint I am all for these regulations. I don't want my personal care data compromised. Before health care can reap the benefits of going digital, it needs to figure out, first and foremost, how to care for data at a level higher than other industries.
The second item, device specialization, is something I've witnessed in person. We are fortunate to have a brand-new hospital facility in our area, and all the people who work there carry the innovative around-the-neck VoIP phone devices, which use voice activation to connect doctors with nurses and other specialists. It's an impressive collaborative device, something that manufacturers would be hard pressed to put into products used for everyday business purposes. I can actually foresee more of these kinds of specialized devices coming into health care sooner rather than later. While powerful, they do kind of throw the BYOD idea out the window.
Are there any paths to BYOD in health care I am missing? Any you're using already? Let us know in the comments below, or send me an email to paul at mobileenterprise360.com.