IT healthcare cloud

The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital NHS Trust has announced that its 4,500 medical staff are now using Symantec’s Mobile Management System to enable secure mobile working.

Liverpool and Broadgreen is one of the largest and busiest hospital trusts in the North of England. The Trust wanted to enable mobile working, allowing staff to be more productive by having access to patient and clinical data at the patients’ bedsides.

However it remained imperative to comply with legislative requirements for secure processing of patient data. It was also key for IT management to be streamlined, making it easier to use and administer as well as reducing the cost of managing IT security.

The Trust was already using Symantec’s data loss prevention and endpoint security solution, which had enabled it to reduce the cost of managing security by 25%, while simultaneously enabling the Trust to identify, monitor, and protect its data.

It therefore decided to try out Symantec's Mobile Management solution, which enables the devices to access key hospital assets such as emails, calendars and electronic patient healthcare records, while activating appropriate password and access controls and partitioning healthcare data and personal data on the device.

Symantec Mobile Management supports all the deployed devices from one central point of control, making management easy and secure, the company claims.

“Our MDM strategy means, when a patient moves between wards the data goes with them letting the medical staff work more efficiently, freeing up more time for consultative advice,” said James Norman, director of information management & technology at The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.

“We were clear from the outset, we wanted to standardise our tech portfolio and Symantec offered the best products and the seamless integration with our existing technology, to take the Trust into the next dimension of healthcare data security: both mobile and static.”

Staff can now work more efficiently and productively, helping the Trust save valuable time and money, according to Symantec. Resources can be used more effectively and decisions can be made more quickly.

A recent report by research firm IDC revealed that worldwide mobile enterprise management (MEM) software revenue is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 32% over the 2012-2016 forecast period, resulting in total MEM software revenue of $1.8 billion (£1.2bn) by 2016.