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Security remains greatest concern for MEA healthcare mobility: Study

Enterprise mobility will have penetrated more than 80 per cent of region’s firms by 2017

The Middle East and Africa (MEA) healthcare market has witnessed an increased use of mobile technologies, according to a study by research and consulting firm IDC Health Insights. While short-term outlook for the growth of mobility deployment in the healthcare sector is particularly strong, information technology (IT) security continues to remain a major concern in the region.

The MEA Healthcare Going Mobile: CIO Summit Survey Highlights study examines the adoption patterns of third-platform technologies such as mobility, big data, cloud and social media, and looks at the IT challenges across the healthcare vertical in the region, also shows that enterprise mobility will have penetrated more than 80 per cent of healthcare firms by 2017.

The survey examines the adoption patterns of third platform technologies such as mobility, big data, cloud, and social media and looks at the IT challenges across the healthcare vertical in the MEA region.

According to the report, which is based on IDC’s annual survey of the region’s chief information officer community, just above one-third of such companies have already implemented corporate Smart devices in their operations. More than 50 per cent of firms have plans to adopt the technology by 2017.

Mobilising enterprise applications, adopting mobile device management (MDM) solutions and developing policies for enabling enterprise mobility are the top priorities of the IT executives that are planning to embrace mobility, the study argues.

The IT chiefs surveyed have identified insider threats and staff-related issues as their most critical security challenges when it comes to the security concern in the healthcare sector. The survey has found that these concerns are being further aggravated by insufficient budgets, the lack of mature security strategies and a shortage of skilled IT security personnel.

“The need for a mobile healthcare workforce will be one of the key drivers of mobile technology investments in MEA over the coming years,” says Nino Giguashvili, lead research analyst for CEMA at IDC Health Insights.

“In line with the rapidly rising importance of enterprise mobility within the MEA healthcare industry, mobile security will dominate investments in IT security solutions. Investments in MDM solutions will see particularly strong growth.”