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Business is Mobile
How mobile are you? The statistics are astonishing…
Mobile Risks and Rewards
How to get the upside without the downside…
Mobile Device Management
MDM software offers solutions. What is MDM?
Evaluate, Plan, Implement
So many choices… We can help.

Business is Mobile

Tablets and smartphones are proliferating at a fantastic pace. Both consumers and business users want information and apps they can carry with them. By mid-2012, 89% of mobile users were connecting to corporate networks, and 74% of businesses allowed some type of BYOD (“bring your own device”) use.[a] As of Q1 2013, consumers are purchasing more online from tablets and smartphones than from traditional desktops and laptops.[b]

In healthcare, physicians working to improve outcomes and increase efficiencies are using their iPads to retrieve and update patient records, prescribe medications, educate patients and more. Already, mobile devices are being used to access clinical apps by 70% of hospitals.[c] An astonishing 91% of doctors use mobile devices in their jobs, and of these 86% use iPads—but Android is gaining ground too.[d]

Well-implemented mobile strategies are improving healthcare efficiencies and outcomes, and are transforming how businesses meet and satisfy their customers.

Mobile Risks & Rewards

Mobile devices and apps make good business sense. Drawing on input from almost 5,000 business leaders and IT leaders, a recent international business analysis estimates that while even an ad hoc mobile “bring your own device” (BYOD) effort pays off, a comprehensive strategy can yield 3-4 times the benefit.[e] In healthcare, the Brookings Institution has documented how mobile health initiatives are improving outcomes, reducing medical errors, reducing costs and improving access.[f]

But there are also business risks. As early as 2009, the Ponemon Institute’s annual survey reported that 32% of all business data breaches involve portable devices, and the most recent survey reports that for US companies, the average data breach costs the company a startling $5.4 million.[g] In healthcare, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that 38% of reportable PHI breaches (HIPAA violations) were due to the loss (16%) or theft (80%) of portable electronic devices, with over 4 million individuals affected.[h]

Mobile Device Management

Mobile device management (MDM) software enables businesses to centrally track mobile devices and data, enforce security policies such as password requirements and encryption, enroll new users, deploy and update apps, provide troubleshooting and support, remotely wipe lost or stolen devices, and cope with the ever expanding range of devices and OS versions, especially with BYOD. In healthcare, MDM software helps organizations secure PHI, comply with HIPAA requirements and cost-effectively support clinicians running vital apps on a broad range of devices.

Learning about and choosing the right MDM product can be daunting. The Gartner Critical Capabilities report[i] lists 47 different facets of MDM solutions in 7 key areas, and another online resource compares nearly 90 distinct MDM features and capabilities in 16 categories across 49 providers.[j]

Evaluate, Plan, Implement

ATS offers vendor-independent review, evaluation and support for mobile IT needs and goals assessment, MDM software evaluation, project planning, implementation and training. In addition to our vendor-neutral evaluation process, we work with major MDM solution providers (including AirWatch, Citrix XenMobile (formerly ZenPrise), FiberLink MaaS360, Good Technology/BoxTone, and MobileIron) to deliver solutions that are right on target for you.

We deliver confidence in understanding the capabilities that MDM companies offer and determining what will meet your business or healthcare needs, integrate into your existing IT infrastructure and be welcomed by administration, IT staff and mobile device users. Our personal, structured approach puts you in control, giving you the insight you need to be successful and cost-effective in managing mobile device complexity in your unique environment. We have software and IT experience in a broad range of industries, including more than 10 years focused on healthcare informatics.

Contact us to find out how we help you make the right choice.

[a] Mobile Business Statistics for 2012” Forbes, May 2, 2012.
[b] Monetate Q1 2013 Ecommerce Quarterly, via
[c]Mobile Healthcare Applications: Can Enterprise Vendors Keep Up?” KLAS Research Report, Oct. 9, 2012.
[d]2013 Healthcare IT Priorities.” InformationWeek Reports, March 28, 2013.
[e]The Financial Impact of BYOD.” Cisco IBSG, May 2013.
[f]How Mobile Devices are Transforming Healthcare.” Brookings Institution, Center for Technology Innovation, May 2012.
[g] ISACA Press Release, Aug. 3, 2010. “2013 Cost of Data Breach Study: Global Analysis.” Ponemon Institute, May 2013.
[h] Health Information Privacy — Breach Notification Rule. Data analysis by ATS, Oct. 2013. An incident must be reported to the HHS if it affects 500 or more patients.
[i]Critical Capabilities for Mobile Device Management Software” Gartner, May 23, 2013.
[j]Comparison of MDM Providers.” Enterprise iOS.