Not so long ago, personal digital assistant devices-Blackberries and Palms-started coming into hospitals and physician practices. And the devices weren't being used just for personal information, but professional as well.
Skip to late 2010, just a little more than two years ago, when mature smartphones and early iPads and other small tablet devices really started to explode in popularity and functionality. As the mobile market grew, the devices quickly became status symbols, particularly in the physician community, says Ojas Rege, vice president of strategy at mobile security vendor MobileIron, Mountain View, Calif. Health care organizations had a variety of devices coming into their facilities. Security risks ensued. It wasn't clear how they could control data access and security on the devices.
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