Bring Your Own Device in Healthcare

Bring Your Own Device in Healthcare

Ailton Moreira, Carlos Filipe da Silva Portela, Manuel Filipe Santos
DOI: 10.4018/IJPHIM.2019070101
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Bring your own device (BYOD) policies have become a very popular topic in information technology, as this approach allows employees to bring their devices into their organizations and use them to access information. This trend has some benefits both for the organization and to employees. This paper aims to identify those benefits as well as the advantages and disadvantages of BYOD usage in organizations. In addition, SWOT analysis of BYOD usage is presented and discussed. Finally, it is introduced as an approach to BYOD in healthcare. Utilizing personal devices at work is beneficial to organizational employees as they are in some way satisfied, and they have more freedom and choice to use their devices. This can easily lead the employees to be more productive and flexible. Organizations who embrace BYOD policies have noticed that their employees are happier, more productive, and more collaborative.
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2. Background

By applying BYOD policies in the organization, some knowledge about its background is essential. This background knowledge is about pervasive computing, ubiquitous computing, and information in real-time, as organization employees need information in real-time to develop their works.

Pervasive, also called ubiquitous computing, is the growing trend of embedding computa-tional capability into everyday objects to make them effectively communicate and perform useful tasks in a way that minimizes the end user’s need to interact with computers as com-puters. Pervasive computing devices are network-connected. The terms pervasive/ubiquitous signify “existing everywhere”, meaning devices that use pervasive/ubiquitous computing are totally connected and consistently available (Rouse, 2016).

Ubiquitous computing is a paradigm in which the processing of information is linked with each activity involving connected devices it can occur in any time, any device, any location, and any format (Rouse, 2016; Sen, 2012). The idea behind using BYOD in organizations with pervasive and ubiquitous computing is to provide a real-time intelligent environment for accessing information and applications through a new class of ubiquitous, intelligent devices that can work easily when and where it is needed. This means that pervasive and ubiquitous computing can be the first step to have the right BYOD policies implemented at the organization.

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