Still, the group feels nothing can stop the trend of consumerization, in which consumers' device preferences challenge businesses to adopt and accept them. It will keep going, so "organizations have to find a way to adapt to it and how to best address it," Brady says.
Today, too much of the educational material about these issues is vendor-specific, says Brady. The HIMSS workgroup aims to change that, as do I, through my story and columns such as this.
"The question is just how do you make that transition if you're a really large distributed organization?" Brady asks. "How do you get from point A, which is you don't have the virtual infrastructure to B where you have it, it's working and you're able to actually offer it to everybody?"
A phrase that came up several times in my research was data loss prevention, or DLP for short. DLP analyzes traffic on networks and detects in real time if personal health information or other sensitive or regulated information is leaving a network unexpectedly.
The HIMSS workgroup is talking about DLP and how healthcare organizations can employ this emerging technology to better manage BYOD and other mobile security threats, Brady says.