[ISN] Nurses turning to un-authorized smartphones to meet data demands

http://www.networkworld.com/news/2012/122112-nurses-smartphones-265330.html By John Cox Network World December 21, 2012 A new study finds that more than two-thirds of nurses are using their personal smartphones for clinical communications. Yet 95% of nurses in the sample say hospital IT departments don’t support that use for fear of security risks. The report, “Healthcare without Bounds: Point of Care Computing for Nursing 2012,” by Spyglass Consulting Group, points to the collision of healthcare information demands on nurses, and the limits of mobile and wireless technology, at the point of care — typically the patient’s bedside. Nurses in the survey decry the lack of IT support; and IT staff are frustrated by the unsanctioned and often explicitly banned use of personal devices for clinical communications. The report is based on in-depth phone interviews with 100 nurses in a variety of healthcare organizations in 33 states, focusing on the information requirements of nursing and the use of mobile and wireless technology to meet those requirements. About half of the respondents were registered nurses with a Bachelor of Science in nursing; nearly 40% were registered nurses with a Master’s degree in nursing informatics. […] ______________________________________________ Visit the InfoSec News Security Bookstore Best Selling Security Books and More! http://www.shopinfosecnews.org