Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) is being adopted by more industries than ever before—especially those that are utilizing flexible working schedules or allowing on-the-go work patterns.
For those unfamiliar with EMM, think of it as a tool kit that combines the capabilities of Mobile Application (MAM), Mobile Device (MDM) and Mobile Identity Management (MIM) and uses them to ensure a business’ data is secure on employees’ devices.
EMMs have become popular due to the rise in cyber crimes targeting business data. One such industry that is embracing EMM technology is the healthcare industry.
Given the type of data that healthcare systems hold onto (namely patients’ sensitive information), tight security is of the utmost importance. Businesses in the healthcare industry are most interested in EMMs that are capable of handling the following aspects of the healthcare system:
- Blockchain technology
Blockchain is a system used for storing and recording the records of transactions. Furthermore, blockchain systems exist as a database that co-exists in multiple locations across communities. In the healthcare setting, they’re responsible for both managing and keeping electronic data secure.
- Healthcare record digitization
Before the technology age, healthcare (like other industries) relied on paper records. With patient records, this would become a bulky storage nightmare. The cloud has allowed for data to be stored more securely with a much smaller footprint. It also allows for an easier distribution of information between treating physicians.
- Mobile app technology
When reliable healthcare apps hit the scene, it allowed patients to be an active participant in their healthcare. Mobile healthcare apps allow patients to keep track of their own health as well as facilitate easy appointment booking, reminders for medication and health monitoring.
Another positive outcome of EMMs in healthcare is the use of telemedicine. While telemedicine isn’t a new concept—it’s been used to connect patients with doctors around the globe for years—it became that much more useful during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, it allows for faster care for minor health problems, easier senior citizen care and reduces the wait time to speak with a physician.
- Wearables for patient monitoring
Wearable technology devices are allowing doctors to monitor their patients remotely. These devices are capable of collecting data for a number of health metrics, including heart rate and blood pressure.
Importance of enterprise mobility to the healthcare sector
Our world is becoming increasingly more technology-driven. Whether we like it or not, this means that the traditional office spaces of the past could look more like the COVID-19 mandated spaces we’ve been forced to live in over the last year.
In some instances, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. More and more enterprises are going mobile, which allows our workspaces the ability to be more flexible. This does call into question the dangers of data breaches, which means that enterprise security is of the utmost importance.
Aside from concerns over data security, the utilization of EMM tools in the healthcare sector provide the following benefits.
- Configurable reports
Doctors already take meticulous notes and compile reports about their patients. EMM software lets physicians create configurable reports that will allow them to achieve accurate diagnoses and make healthcare decisions faster than ever.
- Data management
When you deal with as many people as most physicians do, managing and storing that amount of data can be a monumental task, which can often lead to mistakes. EMM solutions help cut through the data and compile treatment protocols without hours of analyzing data by hand.
- Multiple device management
EMM utilization allows multiple devices to work at the same time, which cuts down on costs.