Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) emerged when workers preferred the convenience of using their personal smartphones for business. Employers appreciated the cost savings, but security issues and durability have become a major concern.
In hospitals, where regulations like HIPAA require patient privacy, is a consumer smartphone a safe choice for enterprise computing?
Studies show that the smartphone presents several flaws for healthcare mobility. Still, a 2014 study by Spyglass Consulting Group showed that nurses prefer using their personal smartphones at point of care:
- 67% of the hospitals surveyed responded that nurses are using these devices to support clinical workflow and communication.
- 80% of nurses use the standard, unsecured, HIPAA-non-compliant bundled SMS application that’s native to their personal smartphones.
- 52% of nurses consult a smartphone for information instead of asking a colleague; 32% use an app on their phone rather than consult a doctor.
- Less than 1% of nurses said the use of smartphones during their shift was prohibited by the hospital.
Rugged mobile computers now have the look of a consumer smartphone, but offer the significant advantages of an enterprise-grade computer. The Zebra TC51-HC touch computer, for example, looks and feels like a smartphone, but Zebra has created this mobile device to deliver healthcare functionality and performance that no smartphone can match:
- More rugged. Zebra built this handheld computer with medical-grade plastic housing that withstands constant disinfecting. The device’s screw holes are covered and the number of crevices and seams have been reduced to eliminate places for germs to collect. The IP65 sealing prevents damage from dirt, dust, and even sprays of water. The Gorilla Glass touch panel and imager window protect against damage. The TC51-HC can also handle 4-foot drops and countless tumbles.
- More power for multi– Run multiple voice and data apps simultaneously—like answering an urgent call while sending a high-resolution photo of a patient’s wound and accessing an EHR. The TC51-HC offers up to eight times more data storage capacity than other enterprise-class healthcare mobile computers, and it’s the only device in this class to use hexa-core technology.
- Better imaging. In addition to a 1.3 MP camera, this handheld’s 13 MP ultra-high-resolution rear-facing camera delivers nearly three times the resolution found in competitive devices, providing more detailed imagery.
- Flawless scanning. Protect patient safety and maintain efficiency with lightning-fast data capture of 1D and 2D barcodes, even those that are damaged, dirty, poorly printed, or displayed on a screen.
- Secure text messaging. Zebra’s Workforce Connect Enterprise Messaging protects privacy with more secure voice and texting applications.
- Fast, dependable connectivity. The TC51-HC support 802.11ac and r, enabling the fastest W-Fi speed and most robust roaming.
- Long battery life. The best-in-class PowerPrecision+ battery delivers up to 14 hours of battery life.
Nurses juggle a lot of tasks in a shift. Equip them with a rugged, efficient, and user-friendly mobile computer. Talk to Coridian about the Zebra TC51-HC.