CIO one-on-one: the riskiness of BYOD

'Hospitals also don’t want to have to maintain, support and protect numerous different types of smartphone devices'
By Erin McCann
11:00 AM
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Steve Shirley, chief information officer at the 350-bed Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo, Colorado, has been in information technology for some 35 years. And, as he sees it, mHealth is bringing some exciting things to his hospital. But there are also some serious questions to consider.

[See also: CIO one-on-one: patient engagement.]

Eric Wicklund, editor of Healthcare IT News' sister site mHealth News, caught up with Shirley to talk about the role of mHealth, BYOD and weighing some of the risks and benefits that come along with them.

Shirley and his team of 52 are currently working on making physician workflow available in hospital-owned smartphones. One of his biggest fears? In the transition toward increased mobility and digital health, the healthcare industry may just end up making simple processes more complex – and more costly – in the end. 

And for BYOD? It's a risky strategy, he said. 

You can read the full Q & A with Parkview Medical Center CIO Steve Shirley here.