- Many companies and organizations around the country are integrating Bring Your Own Device or BYOD strategies due to the cost effectiveness of such opportunities. Employees in a wide variety of fields including the healthcare space are utilizing their own smartphones, laptops, and tablets in order to complete their assignments, communicate with their coworkers and customers, and stay on top of their careers.
The proliferation of new mobile technologies makes a significant impact on expanding BYOD strategies throughout the corporate world. Additionally, the healthcare field is also experiencing significant changes with the integration of remote patient monitoring tools, telehealth solutions, mobile health applications, and EHR systems.
When it comes to mobile devices and creating effective BYOD strategies, it is important to note that tablets are becoming as desired as the personal computer or laptop, according to the report Tablets in a Better Shape for Renewed Growth in 2016 by Strategy Analytics.
“As replacement cycles have lengthened for both Tablets and PCs in recent years, 2-in-1 Detachable Tablets have become affordable enough that they will compete for consumer spend of both products,” Peter King, Research Director of the Tablet & Touchscreen Strategies service at Strategy Analytics, said in a public statement.
“A household could settle on a 2-in-1 Tablet for casual use, which can also transform into a dockable mini workstation when needed for more intensive activities. The existence of the '11-inch or more' Tablet screen size category is a great example of the expanding feature set and usage model of the Tablet as it plays into the prosumer and enterprise segments due to cost and functionality. Improved processor technologies from the likes of Intel, which enable Tablets to be more powerful, thinner, and lighter, are also driving the market.”
The report shows that the tablets market is expected to see more new and replacement sales in 2016. The predictions involve a 7 percent increase in sales next year as compared to a 4 percent decrease seen in 2015. The year 2011 saw a 311 percent jump in tablet and touchscreen sales while 2012 experienced a 123 percent rise in purchases.
Both tablets and computers are on equal footing when it comes to consumer demand and more than 700 million of the devices are at their middle of their lifecycle in 2015. As such, it is expected for sales to increase next year.
“As reports swirl about the impending release of the Surface Pro 4, we see Microsoft leading the growing pack of professional grade Tablets running Windows 10,” Eric Smith, Senior Analyst at Tablet & Touchscreen Strategies service, stated in a news release.
“The release of Windows 10 in July provided opportunities at the high-end to better position Tablets against PCs on productivity needs and compatibility with the office setting. Opportunity abounds at the low-end as well, where White-Box vendors are already selling Ultra-Low price-tier 2-in-1 Tablets to compete against low-end PCs and Tablets for casual use, particularly well-suited in emerging markets for consumers new to the computing segment.”
Due to the fact that the market for tablets was high in past years, it is expected that many consumers will be looking to upgrade their devices over the next four years. The corporate world will likely continue to use BYOD strategies in order to allow employees the flexibility needed to work from home or on-the-go.
The main reason that strong BYOD strategies need to be put in place is to protect data and secure systems holding important information such as patients’ social security numbers. As previously reported by mHealthIntelligence.com, healthcare providers will need to comply with the HIPAA security rule whenever adopting new technologies or using their own mobile devices.
When adhering to regulatory compliance, medical facilities will need to ensure all electronic protected health information remains protected from cyber hacking or identity theft. This is especially important when developing effective BYOD strategies and implementing new technologies throughout an organization.