BoxTone Healthcare Industry Survey Indicates Rapid iPad Adoption Thanks to Compelling Point-of-Care Uses

Columbia, Maryland – December 7, 2010 — BoxTone(R), the expert in proactive Mobile Service Management (MSM) software, today announced results from a survey of nearly 950 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) members, which indicates that iPad deployments are accelerating in large part due to the mobile device’s compelling point-of-care applications and uses.

 Key findings include:

  •  More than 25 percent of the HIMSS respondents plan to deploy the iPad and other iOS devices immediately and nearly 70 percent plan to deploy the devices within the next year.
  • One-third identified point-of-care applications – including lab order visualization and results, clinical decision support and medical image viewing applications – as top priorities, while 18 percent identified general administration including billing, coding and claims applications as top priorities.
  • When provided with a choice of options for potential iPad IT management challenges, nearly 75 percent identified secure configuration and deployment as the number one challenge and 53 percent identified mobile application and deployment as a key challenge.

The survey took place on October 26 during an online Webinar co-sponsored by BoxTone and HIMSS. Nearly 70 percent of the attendees were from hospitals or healthcare organizations with more than 1500 employees, which typically act as bellwethers for new healthcare IT trends. Another significant fact: 15 percent of attendees were executive-level employees or physicians, evidence that the device is viewed strategically in the healthcare sector.

 “Since its launch earlier this year, the iPad is redefining how organizations leverage mobile technology in the enterprise and the healthcare community is leading this paradigm shift,” said Alan Snyder, CEO, BoxTone. “As these devices are used more frequently at the point of care, IT must ensure both data security and privacy, as well as superior remote connectivity. With help from BoxTone’s Mobile Service Management software, healthcare institutions can fully realize the benefits of mobility at the lowest cost and risk.”

BoxTone’s install base of more than 275 organizations worldwide includes many of the best- known healthcare and health-related organizations such as MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S Army Medical Command and Kaiser Permanente.

BoxTone software centrally controls Apple iPhone and iPad, BlackBerry, Google Android, Nokia Symbian and Windows Phone mobile devices; BlackBerry Enterprise Server, Microsoft ActiveSync and Good Technology mobile connectivity platforms; and a wide variety of enterprise mobile applications. Clients include one in three Fortune® 100 companies, three in five of the largest U.S. federal agencies and three of the top five IT service providers. BoxTone secures, manages and supports more than 625,000 mobile devices.

To learn more about the process for secure configuration and management of iPad in the enterprise, please go here.

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BoxTone’s proactive Mobile Service Management (MSM) solution is trusted by more than 275 of the world’s leading enterprises and government agencies, including 89 in the Global 2000, to continuously maintain optimal mobile performance & security at the lowest cost and risk. BoxTone’s single unified mobile management console powered by patented automation technology addresses the entire mobile lifecycle: mobile device management, support management, operations management and business management. BoxTone delivers centralized control of all mobile devices including Apple iPhone and iPad, BlackBerry, Google Android, Nokia Symbian and Windows Mobile devices; mobile connectivity platforms including BlackBerry Enterprise Server, Microsoft ActiveSync and Good Technology; and enterprise mobile applications. Learn more from the expert in proactive Mobile Service Management (MSM) software solutions at www.boxtone.com, or call +1 410.910.3344.

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