Benefits of Bring Your Own Device in Healthcare

Benefits of Bring Your Own Device in Healthcare

Filipe Portela (University of Minho, Portugal), Ailton Moreira da Veiga (University of Minho, Portugal) and Manuel Filipe Santos (University of Minho, Portugal)
Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 14
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2851-7.ch003
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Abstract

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) has become very popular topic in information technology because this approach allows the employees to bring their personal devices into organization and they want to use them to access the organization information. This trend has some benefits both for organization and to employees. This paper aims to identify those benefits as well the advantages and disadvantages of BYOD usage in organization. Also, it is present a SWOT analysis of BYOD usage. It is introduced an approach about BYOD in healthcare also. Utilizing personal devices at work is beneficial to organizational employees because they are in some way satisfies, and they have more freedom and choice to use their devices. This freedom and choice can easily lead the employees to be more productivity, flexibility. The organization who embraces BYOD policies found their employees happier, more productive, and more collaborative.
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2. Background

By applying BYOD policies in an organisation, it is required some knowledge about its background. This background knowledge is about pervasive / ubiquitous computing, and information in real time because organisation employees need information in real time to develop their works.

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

Ubiquitous Computing is a paradigm in which the processing of information is linked with each activity involving connected devices; it can occur at any time, on any device, at any location, and in any format (Media, n.d.; Sen, n.d.).

The idea behind using BYOD in the organisation with pervasive and ubiquitous computing is to provide a real-time smart environment for accessing information and application through a new class of ubiquitous, intelligent devices that can facilitate the work when and where it is needed. This situation means that pervasive and ubiquitous computing can be the first step to having right BYOD policies implemented at the organisation.

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