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BYOD: Mobile party's just getting started

Posted by Chris Richie on Jun 18, 2015 10:59:00 AM

In Departmental Communication, Tracking Equipment, Mobile Tech

Anyone of a certain age, let’s say the 30+ demographic among us, remembers a time before turn-by-turn GPS, before IM, before apps, and yes, before the Kardashians. Now we look at one another and ask: How did we ever survive without smartphones? If you engage in a conversation with anyone born in the 21st Century—excuse me, if you ever Snapchat with them—just explain that before mobile touchscreens, we all lived in trees and ate bugs off one another for sustenance, they’ll probably believe you.

Think about how upset you get without a strong LTE or WIFI signal. I’d rather stub my toe. Is it any wonder then that in the last decade, the paradigm shift that is BYOD has taken hold and changed how we work? Whether or not certain industries have fully embraced BYOD or enterprise mobility, the die has been cast, and now more than 60% of companies allow, or tolerate employee use of personal devices to access enterprise data. After all, it’s hard to fight an ever-rising tide of devices adorning out ears, eyes, wrists, and whatever other body part Silicon Valley decides is in need of an upgrade. The global market for both BYOD and enterprise mobility is expected to nearly quadruple in size over the next four years, hitting $284 billion by 2019.   

Mobile in Healthcare

Some industries have always been “mobile” professions—it’s the technology that’s now just starting to meet them in full-stride. Take healthcare for example. Hardly anything about the goings-on of a hospital is static. Hospital equipment is ordered for rooms, those orders are fulfilled, clinicians visit patients, facilities staff work on maintenance, meals are prepared and sent off to rooms in multiple wings and different floors, and all the while new patients are admitted, as others are discharged, and family and friends come to visit, and flowers arrive and administrators give tours, while nurses switch shifts, and the cycle continues around the clock—twenty-four-seven, three-six-five.   

Look at the Healthcare Technology Management (HTM) field. Think of the time and money you’re saving if you can troubleshoot device a 200 miles away via mobile telemaintenance, as opposed to traveling all that way for what amounts to a quick fix. Makes sense, right? That’s exactly why Mainspring Healthcare Solutions continues to develop and implement MobileTech for hospitals—and they’re running with it.    

Solutions in action at Novant

Novant Health, is a health system comprised of 15 medical centers, with 24,400 employees, 1,123 doctors and 343 clinic locations across North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia. They’re also Mainspring clients. Jennifer Williams, a CMMS Administrator with Novant, has started to tap into the power and freedom of mobile solutions with her team at Novant.

“Now that we use MobileTech on iPod Touch devices, my technicians are ready to ditch their desktops and old radio devices,” said Williams. “MobileTech simplifies work order updates, makes group communication easier, and saves us time and money by cutting down how frequently techs have to drive across town to help other workers.”

When you think of enterprise mobility, there’s an immediate potential to fill in workflow gabs and take charge of asset management. Think of a situation from a bio-med’s perspective of discovering a lone piece of equipment with a sticky-note with some random scrawl denoting the device is “broken”. If that bio-med has the right mobile solution, they’re able to efficiently input and assign a work order right on the spot. Productivity increased. Efficiency increased. Make no mistake; there’ll be a time, not too far from now, when we talk about enterprise mobility the way we talk about mobile from a consumer standpoint, asking ourselves: How did we ever survive without it?