Then there's managing the mobile devices that the healthcare systems themselves are buying for their employees, both for their utility and to keep employee satisfaction high.
"You can't give somebody an iPhone or an iPad and then tell them they can't install anything," Brady says. "Everybody up to and at the management level [would] riot and revolt. They won't accept that."
Until 4 months ago, Hawaii Health itself was a Blackberry-only shop, but now that it is implementing the Siemens Sorien electronic medical records system, the organization has come up with its own policy to permit Android and iOS devices as well, Brady says.
Research in Motion, maker of the Blackberry, traditionally has been strong in the mobile device management space. A lost or stolen Blackberry quickly becomes useless to someone seeking to compromise the data on that device, due to the ability to remotely wipe the device. On the Android and iOS platforms, tools from Good Technology are performing that security duty, Brady says.
But mobile devices are made up of many parts, and if just one of them is out of whack, the efforts of health IT managers can be stymied. All mobile carriers permit installation of the Good Technology mobile device management software, except one: Verizon.