Majority of Nurses Using Personal Smartphones for Clinical Care, Study Finds

The results of a new study released by Menlo Park, Calif-based Spyglass Consulting Group show a majority of hospitals are evaluating enterprise-class smartphone solutions to support collaborative team-based care to decrease the number of nurses who are using personal smartphones for clinical care.

According to the study, despite hospital restrictions, a majority (67 percent) of hospitals interviewed reported staff nurses are using personal smartphones to support clinical communications and workflow.

The vast majority (88 percent) of the hospitals interviewed expressed concerns with HIPAA and the risk of unprotected mobile devices on the hospital's network, which could introduce malicious attacks, malware and viruses into the hospital's system.

While the hospitals interviewed have made limited investments in nursing smartphone solutions to address their HIPAA and data breach concerns, 51 percent plan to invest or evaluate enterprise-class smartphone solutions over the next 18 months.

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