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May 2013

Penn Medicine takes three-pronged approach to BYOD management, security

Balancing the appropriate security and privacy requirements with the delivery of clinical care and research is a fundamental need to consider in introducing certain types of emerging technologies into an academic medical center. John Donohue At Penn Medicine, the emerging trend of bring your own device (BYOD) was not so much about the "if" as it was about the "when." With almost 20,000 employees, the organization knew it would not be able to provision enough Penn Medicine-funded cell phones for all essential staff. Additionally, many of the key personnel, particularly clinicians, began carrying their own devices and using them as necessary for several kinds of work functions in addition to their personal use. Examples of this use included accessing Penn Medicine email and using several of the organization's core clinical applications. When information services started to get requests to connect these devices to the clinical systems and email messaging systems, it was clear that Penn Medicine had to find effective ways to secure ...

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