The versatility of mobile technologies lies in having the right tool under the right circumstances available to clinicians and other care team members for sound clinical decision-making. The measures used to ensure secure data — where it resides, where it moves and how it is used — are central to Henry Ford Health System's electronic health record transformation to optimize patient safety and outcomes and actively engage patient populations.

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Mary Alice Annecharico, R.N., senior vice president and chief information officer of the Detroit system (pictured at right), says, “From network architecture and infrastructure and tools to policy decisions, it takes an engaged workforce to sustain a culture of confidentiality.” To protect device and enterprise security, mobile-device encryption (93 percent), mobile-device management systems (89 percent) and stringent methods of verifying the identity of a user or device are on the rise in Most Wired hospitals.