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Healthcare IT in 2016: Embracing Mobility

Mark Micallef, Area Vice President, ASEAN, Citrix | March 16, 2016
To reap the benefits of healthcare mobility while avoiding potential risks, organizations need to develop a structured strategy, addressing the people, policies and technologies involved.

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Innovation is unleashed when people are inspired. As disruption forces companies to continuously find new ways to eke out a competitive advantage, it is easy to overlook the corporate workplace itself. Today, success depends on the streamlining of processes, and finding the most efficient ways to get things done - right down to the physical and digital environments of employees.

With the ever-growing need to support remote work styles and BYOD initiatives, IT in the healthcare industry has become a lot more complex. Mobility is transforming healthcare as clinicians embrace new devices and methods of working to deliver better and faster care to patients everywhere. As a result, a secure IT infrastructure which delivers real time content required to treat patients is now no longer a nicety, but a necessity. Whether it is extending applications and data to the cloud, or just outside the walls of the organization, businesses are embracing mobility solutions to provide secure and nimble IT.

To reap the benefits of healthcare mobility while avoiding potential risks, organizations need to develop a structured strategy, addressing the people, policies and technologies involved. In this article, Mark Micallef, Area Vice President, Citrix ASEAN, outlines the five steps for embracing mobility in healthcare.

1.     Understand industry best practices

With the emergence of mobile devices, healthcare organizations have had to adapt and rethink traditional IT best practices to enable their secure use. In the past, organizations often focused on controlling devices. However, the latest best practices have expanded beyond device management.

Healthcare organizations today have to address the management of apps and data - especially as clinicians require on-the-go access as they move from hospital to office to clinic. For instance, Integrated Health Information Systems (IHiS) in Singapore leverages desktop virtualization to enable healthcare staff to securely access and share patient information more swiftly across the country's public hospitals, national specialty centers and polyclinics. With quicker access to the Electronic Medical Records system, the solution also helps facilitate team-based care for improved patient outcomes. IHiS Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Chong Yoke Sin, said: "The virtualization technology enables a consistent desktop experience for doctors and healthcare staff when retrieving latest data on the patient's status across different healthcare facilities. This promotes efficient information sharing and seamless care integration along the care continuum."

As an expanding array of healthcare applications become available, healthcare providers must be able to easily access their resources on any device, at any location. With enterprise mobility management, IT can enable employees to move beyond the constraints of fixed locations and standard PCs to enable new freedom and flexibility in the way people work.

 

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