Healthcare organizations around the U.S. continue to wrestle with whether staff are allowed to use their personal mobile devices for work. Spok, a provider of clinical communications solutions recently surveyed more than 350 healthcare leaders to understand more about ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) policies and assess the current trends.
The survey finds participation in BYOD policies continues to vary by role, correlating to staff needs and preferences. For example, a majority of physicians prefer to use their own mobile devices, while a majority of nurses prefer to use a hospital-issued device.
For the first time, easier communication among care team members is cited as the top driver for supporting a BYOD environment. This is especially interesting because BYOD usage can impede care team communication. Without access to the staff directory and on-call schedules, clinicians may have a hard time always finding the right person to speak with.
Other key findings from the survey are illustrated in the following infographic: