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July 2012

Meeting technical requirements for mobile health care deployments

In recent years, mobile devices have finally gained mainstream acceptance. Almost everyone has a smartphone, and tablets are all the rage. So it's only natural that we have begun to see rapid adoption of mobile devices in health care settings. Like PCs, however, mobile devices used in health care facilities must be deployed in a responsible manner in order to avoid accidentally introducing security vulnerabilities or putting the organization in a state that is not compliant with federal regulations. As such, deploying devices to support mobile health care services requires careful planning. Mobile health care support begins with device selection As an IT professional, one of your primary responsibilities is designing a mobile health care strategy, beginning with the mobile devices you want to allow to be used within the organization. Device selection should be based on your ability to secure the devices, and on how well the device interacts with your existing network infrastructure. I know a couple of IT pros who have given into...

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