Recent Surveys of IT Executives Reveal Significant Gaps in Mobile Device Security

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Increase in Patient Satisfaction Directly Tied to Mobile Device Use by Practitioners but Security Concerns Remain.

A global survey of health system IT executives revealed that although mobile devices are driving patient satisfaction, only 78% have an MDM (mobile device management) program in place and one-third of those aren’t confident in their solution.

The survey, which was conducted by Vanson Bourne, an independent agency, and commissioned by Jamf, a Minneapolis-based developer of MDM platforms for Apple devices, consisted of 600 healthcare IT decision makers from private and public healthcare organizations in the US, UK, Germany, France and the Netherlands.

Mobile devices are becoming commonplace within healthcare organizations with 90% of respondents indicating that have either launched a mobile device initiative or plan to do so soon. But, data privacy (54%), security/compliance (51%) and/or regularly patching software (40%) are the cited challenges facing healthcare organizations.

These concerns are justified. According to Verizon’s inaugural Mobile Security Index 2018, which surveyed about 600 US and UK-based mobility professionals, 35% of healthcare organizations suffered data loss or downtime due to a mobile device security incident.

As security breaches grow, it’s vital for healthcare organizations to have a complete enterprise mobile security solution that meets compliance standards, addresses privacy concerns and can be easily maintained in a BYOD environment. For more information on a solution, contact Zimperium.

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