If there is any vertical market that has been more significantly changed by mobile technology than health care, I'm not sure what it is. Anyone who's been to a modern health care facility lately knows what I mean: Everywhere you look there is cutting-edge mobile technology, from voice-activated VoIP phones to tablets and smartphones, all being used to acclerate and improve the care of patients.
For IT administrators, of course, mobility and health care represent huge challenges, from both a service and a security standpoint. After you figure out the how -- as in how to get information and applications to the devices being used -- then you need to consider the security ramifications mobility brings to the table. Putting extra pressure on the already tense situation is the very real fact that health care facilities can face significant fines for data breaches and other communication missteps.
Yet providers need and want mobility. It enables wonderful things, like the abililty for doctors to practice remotely, bringing expert care to rural areas. One group that has introduced mobility in a secure fashion is the Hamilton Health Sciences organization, which has 11,000 employees in six hospitals and a cancer center. In a video chat with Mobile Enterprise 360 content director Bill Laberis, Hamilton CIO Mark Farrow describes the evolution of mobility and health care at his operation, and details how Hamilton used virtualization technologies to secure the unstoppable march to BYOD in the health care arena. It's a great, clear explanation of how a problem was solved simply and powerfully, and well worth a few minutes of your time no matter which vertical market you may operate in.