René Quashie Quoted in “Preparing for the Front Lines of Mobile Technology”

The Progressive Physician

René Quashie, Senior Counsel in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice, in the firm's Washington, DC, office, was quoted in an article titled ""Preparing for the Front Lines of Mobile Technology."

Following is an excerpt:

From the moment a physician walks in the front door of Miami Children's Hospital, he or she can use their own smartphone or tablet and connect to patient's electronic medical records. It's just one wireless solution that this 289-bed hospital in Miami-Dade County is using to innovate patient care and transform the hospital experience.

The hospital uses wireless technology for gaming, education and navigation apps.

Currently, more than 60% of U.S. physicians use a mobile device, according to a report from Epocrates, and the number using smartphones is increasing as technology advances and platforms like the Apple iPhone, BlackBerry Storm, and Palm Pre continue to gain popularity.

Laptops or "computers on wheels are also widely used, according to a HIMSS Analytics 2013 Mobile Technology Survey. "Wireless technology is convenient and ubiquitous, and most physicians, in particular, do not want to use different products for work and personal use, and are likely to use one product both for work and personal use," said René Y. Quashie, a senior counsel in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice at Epstein, Becker, Green.

The best approaches to wireless includes the following advice from healthcare experts:

"Develop BYOD management and security policies that 1) specify what devices are permitted to be used; 2) require users to password-protect their devices at all times; 3) mandate the use of a mobile device management solution—which protects and manages data; 4) clarify who owns what apps and data; and 5) specify the mitigations steps when a device is lost." – Rene Y. Quashie, Health Care and Life Sciences, Epstein, Becker, Green.