Managing mobile devices throughout a health system can be a complex and time-consuming task. Not only does device utilization need to be monitored, but security and compliance are also of the utmost importance. That’s why mobile device management (MDM) is essential to your organization’s telecom expense management (TEM) strategy.
With mobile management solutions, you can utilize the buying power of your TEM service providers to negotiate the best rates and easily monitor competitive service providers for additional savings opportunities. In fact, TAG’s mobile solutions reduce your mobile and wireless spend by up to 40% with a guaranteed return.
However, savings go beyond the provider contracts. TEM providers also monitor for unused and unnecessary devices and data that can be removed from mobile plans. They can utilize buying power and bulk-purchasing discounts when upgrading devices.
Not only do health systems realize cost savings utilizing mobile device management but also experience significant IT time savings in management, training, and support.
In a world of security breaches and increased corporate data consumption wireless device management is a must.
MDM takes the pain out of keeping your health system’s mobile devices and the information they access secure and prevents it from being shared to third parties. MDM allows you to take both a proactive and reactive approach to device security by utilizing user app-control and restrictions. Your TEM provider should work with you on setting up enterprise-wide segmentation for your users that specifies permissions and restrictions providing control at a granular scale – even preventing usage of devices outside of geographical locations such as hospital buildings.
TAG TIP: To control costs, consider creating a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy for support roles outside of patient care such as facilities and marketing departments. Set strict policies such as erasing all organization-owned data when staff leaves the health system without interfering with their personal data.
Mobile device management, as part of your TEM solution, allows health systems to control what apps are approved to use and block those that are not. As a result, apps that allow access to crucial information such ERP and HER systems can be used on mobile devices with user permissions still in place.
Utilizing MDM programs provides the ability to identify non-compliant devices that put your health system’s data at risk of being compromised. Your TEM provider will stay on top of devices not meeting your network’s compliance standards and remotely lock them and delete all necessary data.
MDM also allows your organization’s employees to stay mobile and compliant with HIPAA through the enhanced security and policies mentioned throughout this article.
DM as part of your complete TEM service provides ongoing audits to ensure your health system gets the best pricing available. In addition, MDM audits device usage, checks for the latest security updates, and identifies outdated equipment.
MDM is just part of the services a TEM provider can offer to cut costs and keep your health system’s data secure. Learn more with a free initial audit for your health system’s TEM spend on connectivity, MDM, data storage, and more. Continue to operate and communicate safely with our telecom optimization services.